I live next to Bragg Creek, in the foothills of Calgary, just as it flows into the Elbow river. I was not ignorant of the flood risk when I bought a house so close to two mountain streams, but we were unprepared for what was to come when the rain started on January 19th, 2013. On the morning of the 20th Tania decided to turn back part way into her drive to work. She was concerned about our dogs and had a bad feeling. I continued on. By that afternoon they closed the only bridge between our home and my office in the city. Biblical level floods were underway.