Whether by Fire or by Flood


Two years ago, this very week, May 1st, 2016 to be exact, Fort McMurray, in Alberta, Western Canada was a tinder box, and went up in flames. We covered that tragedy here on the blog. Hundreds of thousands of people were displaced, thousands upon thousands of homes were burned to the ground.

But, resilient as people are, Fort McMurray is on the rebound as rebuilding has been going on since the all clear was sounded.

Seasonal changes have been occurring … This is fact.

Winters have been long and arduous. The snow pack is deep, again this year. Snow has been falling to the ground across Canada into the month of May this year. Here in Quebec, Winter went so long, we thought it would never end.

Conditions out West are not much better. The Winter season dropped inordinate amounts of snow on mountainous terrain, and across the prairies. melting snow running downslope into rivers, is a serious danger.

Now, that very snow is melting at rapid rates. The almost sudden shift from Winter into Spring, over the past few weeks, is wreaking havoc on communities across the country.

Rivers here in Quebec, New Brunswick, and across Canada, from Manitoba to British Columbia have risen so high that they have burst their banks and once again, the season of flooding has begun in earnest.

Last year, flooding caused by rising rivers here around the island of Montreal, forced hundreds of families from their homes. With that flooding, many of those homes were deemed uninhabitable. People are still living in hotels, a year later. Some of those families have been tossed onto the streets, having over stayed their welcome.

The Province will not rebuild a home in a flood plain, for the one reason that in a flood plain, homes will flood seasonally, so why pay to rebuild a home that is going to get wet again and again. So where do you relocate families who have, some, lived in those homes for decades ? Rising water, from coast to coast is problematic.

This is not a passing oddity for sure. We are watching the climate decimate homes and property across the board, year after year. Either by Fire or by Water.

Where are they supposed to go now ?

Homes in flood plains have yet to be repaired, and the Province and the City have yet to do what they need to do to get these families back into their homes, that STILL need to be cleaned, repaired and for many, rebuilt from the ground up.

And now in 2018, the rivers are rising again. Severe flooding has stricken New Brunswick in very serious conditions. People are running for their lives, having to be evacuated by boats because vehicles cannot pass deep water.

This same problem has affected points West from Manitoba through to British Columbia.

If conditions are too dry … Wildfires are a given.
If conditions are too wet … Flooding blankets the country.

If this is a problem in First world cities in Canada, imagine what is happening, on Third World Reserves, also in Canada. Our Reserve inhabitants have been in constant flux, being airlifted from their reserves to bigger cities that can accommodate them because their land has been flooded.

This is also fact … Third World reserves in First World Canada …

Whether it be the lack of clean water, or substandard housing, or health concerns, our people who live on reserves in rural Canada, have it very bad. And the government has done very little to alleviate or mitigate this very serious issue.

Many reserves are located on land that is either land locked, (read: Forest) or only accessible by plane or by boat. And with the flooding season already begun in many communities, the airlift of people being moved from one location to another has been going on for weeks now, as rising waters inundate lower lying communities.

You don’t often hear about the plight of the Third World reserves in Canada, because it is a dirty little secret, that nobody talks about, but every once in a while, the National News will hit a piece about current conditions on the ground.

Reserves on land that are not connected to Big City Infrastructure suffer more than those main line big cities, in comparison. When a river jumps its banks on land that is not regulated by dams or levies, or infrastructure, the damage is severe.

Once a river jumps its banks, where ever that river lies … Mitigation is pointless.

Rivers have jumped their banks across Canada.

Welcome to the Spring Thaw …

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