Good WORX in Action

What an eventful few weeks!

After the flooding here in Calgary, our office was in an evacuation zone for an incident involving a derailed train carrying hazardous materials. Thankfully, no one was hurt, and the situation was resolved very quickly and professionally by emergency responders.

Mel made the most of her extra long weekend by helping out with cleanup efforts around the flood area. It was dirty, exhausting work, and it’s not over yet. More pictures can be found at our Facebook page, but here are some of the highlights from the first few days:

An indication of the water level in this Mission apartment. The drywall was easy to pull off without tools, due to the saturation of floodwater and sewage.

An indication of the water level in this Mission apartment. The drywall was easy to pull off without tools, due to the saturation of floodwater and sewage.

Mel (far left) and some of the clean-up crew she worked with on the first day in the hard-hit community of Mission, in downtown Calgary.

Mel (far left) and some of the clean-up crew she worked with on the first day in the hard-hit community of Mission, in downtown Calgary. Rubber boots, gloves, safety glasses, and masks were absolutely necessary to combat the mud, sewage, floodwater, and debris.

The second day in Mission involved using shopvacs to remove water from a basement. When the shopvacs burned out, creativity was the name of the game!

The second day in Mission involved using shopvacs to remove water from a basement. When the shopvacs burned out, creativity was the name of the game! Mel and the folks she was working with used squeegees to push the water to the lowest point, then snow shovels and buckets to remove the water from the room.

Piles like this lined the streets of affected areas in High River when Mel and her crew arrived to help clear out damaged goods and demolish basements.

Piles like this lined the streets of affected areas in High River when Mel and her crew arrived to help clear out damaged goods and demolish basements.

Some of the mud from one house in the devastated town of High River.

Some of the mud from one house in the devastated town of High River.

There’s still a lot of work to be done in the affected areas, and we will still be supporting our friends at Samaritans Purse, and encouraging our employees to keep up their volunteer efforts. While we were fortunate enough to avoid direct consequences of the flooding as part of the community, we feel the impact on our neighbours, friends, family, and everyone we meet.

Your continued support of WORX gives us the opportunity to help out in our community… So we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for helping us do “good worx”!

(To learn more about WORX, please visit our website at www.worx.ca)

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