Photo Essay

Rise, a river wild.

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I live next to the Richelieu river in a small town called Otterburn Park. For the past week the waters have been rising, flooding houses and creating what is now considered a disaster zone in many bordering towns. The army has been called in to help.

This morning it finally stopped raining and I decided to go down to the river. I didn't drive to the flooded area out of respect for the people affected who've been angered by sightseers strolling about while they struggle to keep their houses and belongings afloat. This is no vacation. I just drove to a small rest area a couple of minutes from our house.

There was an older man there having a smoke, looking at the water. We started talking. "J'lai jamais vue aussi haute!" he said - never seen it this high. And I just knew he'd been watching that river forever.

We're so damn small.

2 responses

  • Inder Gopal

    Inder Gopal said (7 May 2011):

    Hi Nice one, though I feel it could have been better covered photographically. You do mention about respecting privacy of effected people. What I mean is the devastation that must have been there could have been co-related with more wider views, and these would have not shown any disrespect to people around the river.

  • Patrick La Roque

    Patrick La Roque said (9 May 2011):

    Thanks for the comment. I understand your point, but the actual devastation was several miles away. I only mentioned it for context. I don't pretend to any sort of photojournalistic intent.

    I was just down by the river...

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