With the one-year anniversary of the flood coming up this weekend, members here have had an opportunity to see how much progress has taken place to help get rid of the bad memories of a year ago.
You can’t open the paper without reading something about the flood. You can’t turn on the news without hearing about the snow pack and how much snow is up in the mountains, so it’s a very hot topic to this day.
With that said, I really believe that once we get past the anniversary, people will begin to move on with their lives.
There were a lot of golf courses that we hit a lot harder than us and they’re getting open now. These are small victories, but they’re big for morale among the staff, the membership and the communities.
People are slowly, but surely, restoring their lives. Some are getting back into their homes, but there are also a lot who haven’t. In a place such as High River, there are a lot of things that haven’t been done yet and that’s where the anxiety is rooted.
Here at Cottonwood, we still have a temporary structure in our parking lots. There are still a lot of decisions to be made and some work that we had originally hoped to get done in the spring will now have to wait until the fall.
But we’re chipping away and the big thing is to realize that you’re not going to get it all done in a year. What’s most important is that we’ve learned from the experience, done things better and are set up to be better prepared if we ever go down this road again.
Let’s hope it never comes to that.