My heart goes out to the people in Slave Lake, Alberta. Many of them have lost their homes and their town has been severely affected by fire. It is awful. Thankfully no one has been killed or seriously injured though.
I don't know what warning the people in Slave Lake had about the fires. Perhaps they have feared this for a while. To an outside observer like myself, though, it seems like fear of an imminent disaster was stronger in Manitoba. Whether from natural flooding or a man-made flood, designed for the greater good, we have seen and heard a lot about the situation there. And, as in our own lives, we can fear one thing and suddenly, we are blindsided by something completely different. Life and the world can be unpredictable.
I don't mean to minimize anyone's suffering in either of these situations. What I am struck by right now is that we shouldn't spend too much time on fear. We never know what will happen and no matter how much we plan for every apparent eventuality, we cannot have complete control. Maybe that frees us up a bit to just live.