Alberta flood anniversary: Some still dealing with trauma 2 years later
'Especially this month, every time it rains, you know, you get jittery'
This weekend marks the second anniversary of the 2013 flood that uprooted thousands of lives in southern Alberta.
Alberta floods: 2 years later
- Flood anniversary: some still angry at insurance companies
- Flood mitigation should be prioritized, say Calgarians
- High River housing market strong 2 years after flood
- Permanent dike planned for Calgary Zoo
- Alberta floods of 2013 still revealing new archeological finds
The Calgary Counselling Centre says since then it has provided counselling for more than 800 people, and some are still dealing with trauma.
When rain falls outside Norma Meneses's home in High River she has a hard time keeping calm.
"Especially this month, every time it rains, you know, you get jittery," she said.
She and her husband, both seniors, were forced out of their house by the flood that caused havoc in the community.
Their basement flooded, ruining years worth of memories.
Meneses says the days passed, then months, but the stress didn't leave. Instead, it started taking a toll on her mentally and physically.
'I'm slowly getting better'
"Aches and pains that came out, and when I went to the doctor he says it's all due to stress because of the trauma we went through," she said.
Meneses sought help from the Calgary Counselling Centre.
"For seniors, they wouldn't expect to be dealing with this kind of trauma and natural disaster at this stage of their life, so the loss for seniors, I think, is even made bigger," said Robbie Babins-Wagner, the centre's executive director
Meneses says she will continue to get counselling.
"I'm slowly getting there," she said. "It's been very helpful."
With files from CBC's Terri Trembath