Taming the Mighty River: Manitoba's Kevin Roy pays tribute to flood survivors

The Manitoba musician released “The Mighty River,” a song dedicated to those that beat back the rising waters of the Red River every year. And to accompany his song, Roy delved deep into footage from the Manitoba archives.

Musician delves into archived footage for haunting reminder of 1950 Red River flood

Kevin Roy is no stranger to the flood.

The Manitoba musician released The Mighty River, a song dedicated to those who push back the rising waters of the Red River every year.

And to accompany his song, Roy delved deep into the Manitoba archives to share some haunting and dramatic footage from the flood of 1950.

Roy spoke with CBC's Up North to explain why he feels connected with those who battle the waters.

"Some of my earliest memories are loading up in my parents' Impala and driving to someone's house or farmland and tossing 40-pound bags with strangers and racing against the water to save the property," Roy said.

"I can remember some years schools shutting down, and we have to go out and sandbag instead of going to classes just to beat that water," he said.

"You see it as your duty, that you're helping out."

Roy said what inspired him to take action were the hardships people in Alberta faced during the flooding of the High River.

"I was just chatting with a friend ... the two of us were talking, and the idea of the Manitoba archives came up," Roy said "We're on tour this year. So let's do our part and send a little love back home."

Proceeds from the song are going to the Red Cross, an agency that is called on each year to help flood victims.

Listen to the interview here.


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