Part-time Phoenix residents narrowly escape Canada flooding

PHOENIX - Water levels are beginning to drop in Calgary, Canada days after devastating floods forced tens of thousands to evacuate their homes.

Three people were killed and a fourth person is still missing.

Many of our neighbors to the north call the Valley home during the winter.

One part-time Phoenix resident's house narrowly escaped the flood waters.

Jill Rea is a dual American-Canadian citizen. She calls Calgary and Phoenix home. But most of the year, she lives in Calgary.

"We knew we were going to have to come to get warm in the winter, but sometimes we come to get warm in the summer!" she said.

Her American friends have been calling after seeing news of high flood waters sweeping through Calgary --  flooding dozens of homes and displacing thousands.

"We could see this pond area and then we could see this river like rushing, flowing down. I looked below it and realized that that part rushing wasn't even the river. The river was beyond that!" Jill said.

Jill's home is okay, but down the hill about five miles away, she says houses are badly flooded. And some are even destroyed.

As a realtor, Jill says it's hard to watch.

"You know it's actually heartbreaking to think of the damage that's done. Even in the houses that are in the process of being sold. I'm lucky I don't have any of those deals, but it's a game changer for a lot of homeowners," she said.

As evacuees return home, Jill knows Calgarians will begin to rebuild. She says it's comforting to know that her friends in the Valley care so much.

"Hopefully there'll be a lot of Calgarians tomorrow stepping up and helping with the recovery process," she said.

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