Over the past few days, my heart has ached as I witnessed the devastation caused by the fires in Fort McMurray. Having grown up in Fort McMurray, and having gone through the 2013 Alberta flood, this disaster really hits home. So many people have had to leave their homes, not knowing if they will ever see them again. They had to rush to grab what little they could as they hurried away to safety. Many left with just the clothes on their backs, without any assurance of what would come next. This is an overwhelming time for these people, one that very few truly can understand.
I visited Slave Lake and saw the damage caused by that fire. Back then, I thought I had a small idea of what those people must have gone through. It wasn’t until I went through the flood in 2013 that I realized I had absolutely no idea what those people had went through. I had seen the physical destruction and visualized what it would have been like to go through the disaster, but I did not comprehend the emotional challenges faced by these people. Words can not adequately describe the feelings of helplessness and hopelessness you feel when you are forced to leave your home, not knowing when or if you will be coming back to it.Continue Reading