Saturday, August 27, 2016

Edmonton Journal Features Fire and Rain art project

The North Saskatchewan Rising August, 2016 #18

August 27, 2016: Disasters on Canvas Doug Brinkman paints the North Saskatchewan River's high waters near the Alberta Legislature Friday for his 2016 Fire and Rain art series project depicting moments of natural disasters in Alberta. Ian Kucerak. Edmonton Journal

Monday, August 1, 2016

August News Headlines- Flooding a 'bad dream' after wildfire

The AB Legislature's Money Hydrant 
August, 2016 #19 Canada's economy shrinks 1.6% in 2nd quarter,

Heavy rain causing localized flooding in Fort McMurray 
 'I really wish Mother Nature would have sent the rain before the fires' 

August 1, 2016: Fort McMurray flooding a 'bad dream' after wildfire 'It's just not our year,' city councillor says after flooding damages homes that escaped wildfire' People in Fort McMurray are taking stock of water damage after torrential rain flooded parts of the city over the weekend, including some areas that escaped devastation from the wildfire that forced tens of thousands out of the northern Alberta community in May. Rising water prompted the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo to reopen its emergency operations centre for the first time since the wildfire, which has come to be known as the Beast.

First it was Fire, then came the Water 

August 1, 2016: Less than two months after Fort McMurray, Alta. residents returned home after wildfires devastated the city, the oilsands town has been inundated with floodwaters."We couldn't mop up or anything because it was flowing in through the doors," said Matt Voigt, the owner of a Harley Davidson dealership on Monday. According to Environment Canada, more thunderstorms are expected late Monday afternoon and evening. "You have to feel for the people there," David Phillips, a senior climatologist with Environment Canada, told CTV News Channel on Monday. After having next to no rain as wildfires swept through the region in May, Phillips says the city experienced more than a month’s worth of precipitation in just two hours on Sunday. "It’s almost biblical," he said. "From drought to fires to floods to -- where are the locusts? It really has been topsy-turvy." For homeowners whose possessions and homes survived the massive wildfire that surrounded and burned part of the community, the flooding is a bitter pill to swallow. CTV News

August 23, 2016: Alberta is now $10.9 Billion in debt after Fort McMurray wildfires. 630CHED 

August 22, 2016: Central and northern Alberta rocked by extreme weather. Severe thunderstorm warnings and rainfall warnings were issued for various parts of Alberta throughout Monday evening. All rainfall warnings for Alberta were dropped by noon Tuesday. CTV News

August 25, 2016: In the past 24 hours, water levels in the river have risen by more than three metres, and the flow is four times as fast as usual. The high water is a result of heavy rainfall in the mountains over the last few days. The water has now reached Edmonton carrying debris from upstream. CBC.CA

August 31, 2016 Canada's economy shrinks 1.6% in 2nd quarter, worst since 2009 financial crisis Statistics Canada left no doubt about the reason for the contraction in the April-to-June quarter. In large part, it blamed a 4.5 per cent drop in exports — especially energy products — as the Alberta fires caused many oilsands operations to curtail production in May. CBC.CA