Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Blog Guelph: Floodography


1912_galt by Grand River Conservation Authority
1912_galt, a photo by Grand River Conservation Authority on Flickr. This flood also affected Paris and Guelph.
The incredible flood photos and videos taken yesterday in Toronto seemed almost surreal didn't they? Manhole covers rising and geisers spewing forth, the flooded GO train with a watersnake inside (yikes!), not to mention the craziness on the Don Valley Parkway. Environment Canada had issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Guelph and we braced ourselves for Toronto-like weather but were spared for the most part.

Today the City of Guelph issued a news release stating that "The banks of the Speed and Eramosa rivers are overflowing near Royal City Park and Silvercreek Park. Residents are asked to use caution when near creeks, streams, and rivers. Please keep pets leashed and away from river banks."

No doubt some residents experienced leaky roofs or flooded basements. I experienced neither and I'm grateful for that.

The photos I've selected are from the early 1900s. If you're interested in seeing more historic photos of floods in Guelph here are a couple of resources:
  1. Guelph Museums' Collection Database
  2. Guelph Public Library's Photo database 
And if you took any cool photos during last night's crazy rain - or in the aftermath - share links in the comments below or tweet to @blogguelph!

- Kim

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