A member of the Canadian Red Cross from Thunder Bay is on flood-relief duty in Alberta and expects to visit several flood-stricken First Nations.

As a senior advisor with the aid agency, Annie Burke has spent the past few days in Calgary helping coordinate volunteer efforts there — but now she's turning her attention to the needs of nearby First Nation communities.


Annie Burke is a senior advisor for Training and Development and Disaster Management for the Canadian Red Cross. She's based in Thunder Bay, but she works for the Red Cross' national office. She's been out west helping flood victims over the last few days. (Supplied )

"There's probably going to be some instances where supplies are going to be required," she said.

"That's some of the information that I've been receiving to-date … so I'm just going to be working with some of our government partners."

Burke has been in Alberta for several days coordinating volunteer efforts.

Even people affected by the disaster are pitching in, she said.

"Whether it be water within their homes, or that their power has been shut off," Burke said. "Because of that, they're here and they're putting in their time to try and help others … I think that that's an amazing story in itself."


Former Thunder Bay resident David Lod agrees.

Lod, who has lived in Calgary for about nine years, said the city has done a phenomenal job to help reintegrate people.

When a call for help was put out, more than 2,500 volunteers showed up. Only 400-500 were expected.

Close to 100,000 people were taken in by friends or family, he said, which took some of the pressure off local shelters.

The flood — and the community’s response to it — "was overwhelming," he said.

Burke said Calgary residents are "coping the best way that they can."

"Right now, it's devastation for many people who are affected and they're just trying to get a sense of how they're going to move forward," she said.