Captain Rick: Historic flooding is occurring along the Bow River and Elbow River, especially where they join near downtown Calgary Alberta. These rivers originate high in the Canadian Rocky Mountains to the west. Heavy rains of over 100 ml (4 inches) of rain in recent days is the cause of this historic flooding event.
State of Emergency declared
1,200 Canadian Force troops called. 600 are already in Calgary. 600 to arrive by mid afternoon.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper will arrive shortly to survey the destruction.
75,000 have been evacuated in Calgary.
Trans-Canada Highway 1 is closed west of Calgary, isolating the mountain towns of Banff and Canmore, due to water going over the highway and mudslides in multiple locations.
Unconfirmed reports from Canmore indicate that ‘everything’ was destroyed.
Above: images from Calgary Alberta
Eyewitness report from Sandi of Calgary Alberta
“Fun times happening here. I would be normally at work, but for the first time that I can ever remember, our office down town is shut down due to flooding. State of emergency all over southern Alberta. Many area’s had to evacuate which includes the down town core because of the Bow river being so high that it is almost up to the base of some of the bridges over the river. So access to down town is closed down. Supposed to leave for Fairmont, British Columbia on Sunday for a week, but don’t know if any of the hi ways will be open to be able to get there. Roads washed out all over, mud slides happening, so….who knows. It’s a real mess. So got the day off, but can’t say as it is nice to have the day off under these conditions. I also have so much to do, especially if we do manage to go next week. Oh well, such is life. At least my house is high and away from the river, so good there. Some homes in surrounding towns and different parts of Calgary are flooded right out and a lot of people evacuated. Another Emergency Alert just came over the TV. I remember watching all the flooding in different parts of the world over the last months and thinking how lucky we were that it didn’t really happen too bad here….so much for that thought. Now a sour gas pipeline broke by a smaller town outside Calgary, so that is another problem. Fun times!!”
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