Jul 9, 2013 10:39 PM by Erin Steuber

'The Calgary Stampede' Goes on Thanks to Help from Acadiana

Workers with a Scott company are in Canada, helping some areas recover from destructive flooding. The group of 50 travelled to Calgary, Alberta, which was hit hard by flooding three weeks ago. They work for Service Master Clean, a company which specializes in cleaning up after fires and floods. While this is not their first international trip, this flood caused hundreds to be evacuated and threatened a world-renowned rodeo, The Calgary Stampede. But, with a little help from Acadiana, the rodeo was held without a hitch.

With only two weeks until the world's largest, and most well-known rodeo, Service Master Clean of Lafayette knew they had a lot of work ahead of them. The Calgary Stampede was underwater after heavy rain caused the city's worst flood in decades.

"Pretty much the attitude of everybody was the show must go on," said SMC's Vice President of Operations, Huey Miller Jr. "They were not going to miss their rodeo."

The group, along with more than 300 Canadian workers, tackled the project removing thousands of pounds of silt, mud and debris.

"During the first two days they were down in the basement and subbasements shoveling out mud by cell phone light, waiting on generators," said Miller.

But despite the challenge the team got the job done, just in time for the rodeo to go on as scheduled.

Only part of the SMC team has returned home. Forty workers are staying in Calgary to continue helping with the clean up effort.



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