"She's my peace. I need her back": High River evacuee frantic over lost feline
The Canadian Press
Sunday, July 7, 2013, 6:20 - Michel Banks-Kilburn has been able to cope, just barely, since being rescued from rising flood waters from her second floor apartment in High River, Alberta on June 20.
That was the day that the Highwood River came bursting over its banks, turning much of the town of 13,000 people into a watery quagmire, stranding residents in their cars and their homes.
But after being able to return home two weeks later Banks-Kilburn is dealing with the final straw. Her beloved eight-year-old cat Sammi is missing and after searching the neighbourhood and all pet evacuation centres she is becoming frantic.
"She's the most beautiful cat and I know anybody who found her would feel the same way but I'm just begging you please bring her back to me,'' she said brushing away tears Sunday. "She's my peace. I need her back.''
Banks-Kilburn approached Alberta Premier Alison Redford at the premier's Stampede breakfast that was held this year in Aldersyde, just up the road from High River.
She was clutching a card with Sammi's picture on it.
The premier reassured her and said she would try to help by putting something up on Twitter.
Banks-Kilburn said she left plenty of food and water for her cat and wasn't able to take her to safety.
"I got rescued by a front end loader and I was scared she might drown. I thought she'd be fine on the second floor. I left lots of food and water but I can't find her anywhere. I thought I'd only be gone two or three days.''
She realizes that some people have lost everything from the flooding and that others are also without their pets but that doesn't make her feel any better.
Countless pets were separated from their owners following last months record-breaking floods
that virtually shut down parts of Alberta.
A Twitter feed called @YYClostdog
has been set up to help Calgarians get their missing pets back.