I don't know if you have been hearing about the terrible flooding in and around St Jean-sur-Richelieu in Quebec. The Richelieu river is at historically high levels. Our friend Marie-Emmanuelle (who fostered our dogs before we got them, and found them their forever home with us) lives there, and her home is in danger, despite sandbags and and an industrial pump. When things are dry, the house is 600 ft. from the river. Now the river surrounds the house! Her fiancé Parick has been working valiantly with the neighbours to sandbag and save homes. The army has been called in but they are concentrating more on infrastructure than houses. Today's Toronto Star had some sobering aerial photos.
One of the Star photos is of Fort Lennox, which we visited with Marie-Emmanuelle and Patrick last fall when it was dry!
And here's another news story from today.
Please think good thoughts for my friends and all those affected by this terrible flooding. It has been going on for over two weeks now, constantly worsening, and everyone is exhausted.
On a brighter note, Marie-Emmanuelle is fostering a LOVELY senior dog named Kara, who is enjoying the flood waters:
Here's what she says about Kara:
"Kara is 10 y.o. and looking for a new family. She's adorable, both quiet and playful. She makes an outstanding companion for humans, big and small, cats and dogs. And she loves to sunbathe on the deck, just enjoying the day."
I have met Kara and can confirm what a great dog she is. I would adopt her in a minute if I didn't already have two dogs. She is a chow/husky cross and looks like a fluffy fox. A really beautiful girl, very mellow and living peacefully with three other dogs and a cat right now. If you are anywhere near Montreal or Ottawa and want a lovely dog, let me know. Marie-Emmanuelle is willing to go even further than that for the right home!
Let's hope the river quits rising, the rain stops, and the people of St. Jean-sur-Richelieu and area can get back to their normal lives soon without having to deal with too much devastation.