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The week began like any other for the population of Alberta. But by Friday, Jun. 21, a day we usually equate with the beginning of summer, what happened with the weather became a new unwanted page in the provincial history book.

It's the worst flood to hit from High River to Calgary, AB, in more than 100 years. Six died and hundreds of thousands of people were displaced, homes damaged (or completely washed away) and total damages throughout the province are expected to climb in the billions of dollars.

At its peak, The Bow River in Calgary was estimated to be flowing at 1,740 cubic metres per second. That’s about 100 million litres of water rushing past every minute; more than twice as much water as the 2005 floods. It is a devastating flood that will not be forgotten.

This disaster began a month ago and every newspaper and news broadcast were devoted to showing you the hardship and the loss. Within weeks, this catastrophe faded from the headlines and now hardly is mentioned in any broadcast or in print. That is sad but it is the harsh reality, a result of our 24/7 news cycle.

The Alberta floods will be a part of 2013 in review when McLean's prints their yearend "2013 in Pictures" and I hope those pictures include all of the volunteers that came and stayed. I hope the year in pictures includes ones of Jacqui Brocklebank and Robert Nelson. These two remarkable people both lost their lives while trying to save others.

The flood has come and gone - gone from the radar of the media but certainly not gone from those affected by this tragedies. Also not gone are those working side by side the victims to comfort them, to feed them, to keep them warm, to rebuild with them and to pray with them. There are so many good people out there and they will be there through the rebuilding process and the region’s churches are taking a lead role. Many churches are sharing their resources with each other.

One group in particular has been instrumental in coordinating the resources is Samaritan's Purse Canada. This is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization that has been providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world since 1970. They partner with their supporters in Canada and with local organizations abroad to provide compassionate and cost-effective assistance to anyone who needs it, regardless of religion, race, gender or socio-economic standing.

There were called to Alberta and they answered the call. They partnered with dozens of area churches and ShineFM, the chain of Christian radio stations in Alberta. Together they initiated the Good Samaritan Project — an opportunity to share God’s love in a tangible way with those who have suffered as a result of flooding in southern Alberta.

Take a watch of this video "Hold on to me". Seeing the story is better than reading about it. And… please keep those affected by the floods of 2013 in your prayers.