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Calgary flooding forces evacuations, 100,000 may be affected
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/calgary-flooding-forces-evacuations-100k-may-affected-003757250.html ^ | June 20, 2013 | CBC News via Yahoo

Posted on 06/21/2013 12:05:41 AM PDT by A Formerly Proud Canadian

The City of Calgary has issued mandatory evacuation orders for 14 communities after massive flooding in the city and across southern Alberta. The city says up to 100,000 people could be affected by evacuations.

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TOPICS: Canada; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: alberta; calgary; floodofcentury; sourcetitlenoturl
PRAYER REQUEST FOR RESIDENTS OF CALGARY AND SOUTHERN ALBERTA. Up to 100K citizens face mandatory evacuation in Calgary due to Bow and Elbow Rivers flooding. I just got home from volunteering at Centre Street Church, which is a 'reception centre' for those required to evacuate. While many have relatives they can stay with, all hotels rooms in the city have now been booked (many large, downtown hotels are closed due to potential flooding and a large convention scheduled for next week). Calgary Emergency Management Agency expect over 500 displaced persons to arrive at the church overnight. The city has also opened four recreation/leisure centres for evacuees and may open more, if required. Neither the Bow or Elbow Rivers have yet peaked. Both the Bearspaw (Bow)and Glenmore (Elbow) Dams are expected to spill, but should hold.

The town of High River was washed out, with Canadian Army units using helicopters to rescue residents stranded on their roofs. There are also flood warnings in effect for Red Deer (Red Deer River) and Lethbridge (Old Man River). Highways throughout the western portion of Alberta are closed due to flooding and landslides.

Calgary Evacuation

Alberta Flood Coverage

City of Calgary latest updates

Centre Street Bridge, downtown Calgary (lower level now covered by Bow River)

Hwy_1_washout_in_Canmore,_AB Hwy 1 washout in Canmore, AB

Rescue in High River, AB

1 posted on 06/21/2013 12:05:42 AM PDT by A Formerly Proud Canadian
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To: A Formerly Proud Canadian

Wow - is that from snow/ice runoff from the Rockies?


2 posted on 06/21/2013 12:09:17 AM PDT by expat1000
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To: A Formerly Proud Canadian

Oh my goodness! Prayers up right now!


3 posted on 06/21/2013 12:17:06 AM PDT by MestaMachine (My caps work. You gotta earn them.)
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To: MestaMachine
all I know is that here in eastern Washington we've had tons of rain and cool temps....actually had to turn the heat on tonight...

Good luck Canada..and God bless....

4 posted on 06/21/2013 12:24:31 AM PDT by cherry
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To: Squawk 8888

Ping!


5 posted on 06/21/2013 12:26:38 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein)
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To: A Formerly Proud Canadian

Hmmmmm....

Mother Nature vs. The best laid plans of mice and men.

AND THE WINNAH IS......


6 posted on 06/21/2013 12:42:52 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: A Formerly Proud Canadian

Oh my goodness! We have a daughter living in Calgary with her husband and 3 young kids.

My daughter’s freeper name is pesto.

I ask for your prayers, please.


7 posted on 06/21/2013 1:05:06 AM PDT by basil (basil --Second Amendment Sisters.org)
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To: basil

Pesto just emailed to tell me they are okay!


8 posted on 06/21/2013 1:28:31 AM PDT by basil (basil --Second Amendment Sisters.org)
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To: expat1000

I know that a lot of rain over that region last night, I think. I was looking at radar and happened to notice alerts in the area for severe thunderstorms. That with snow melt, could be.


9 posted on 06/21/2013 1:43:36 AM PDT by ican'tbelieveit
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To: basil

OMG - glad to hear that. When I saw this thread I immediately thought of her.....whew!


10 posted on 06/21/2013 3:38:52 AM PDT by 2nd amendment mama ( www.2asisters.org | Self defense is a basic human right!)
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To: A Formerly Proud Canadian

Best of luck to our Canadian friends. Mother and two cousins from Winnipeg.


11 posted on 06/21/2013 3:42:53 AM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished.)
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To: luvbach1

There goes the Stampede !


12 posted on 06/21/2013 3:44:07 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: 6SJ7; AdmSmith; AFPhys; Arkinsaw; allmost; aristotleman; autumnraine; Beowulf; Bones75; BroJoeK; ...

Thanks A Formerly Proud Canadian.

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13 posted on 06/21/2013 4:00:36 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: expat1000

Torential downpours in the Rockies; eventually it has to flow downhill into the Bow and Elbow Rivers; huge drainage area into relatively small, fast-flowing rivers. Same thing happening in Red Deer and Lethbridge. Not sure how bad it is there.

If you know Calgary, MacLeod Trail & 17th Ave SW are now under water, so the city is taking no chances and evacuating many.


14 posted on 06/21/2013 4:31:01 AM PDT by A Formerly Proud Canadian (I once was lost but now I'm found; blind but now I see.)
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To: A Formerly Proud Canadian

I do know Calgary, and have friends there. Thanks for info.


15 posted on 06/21/2013 4:44:57 AM PDT by expat1000
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To: ican'tbelieveit; expat1000

We had HEAVY rain Wednesday nite/Thurs. morning, combined with additional snowmelt from the mountains, PLUS we’re near the “spring freshet” (rivers’ maximum) anyway - a bad mix all at once.


16 posted on 06/21/2013 5:35:52 AM PDT by canuck_conservative
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To: canuck_conservative

Do you have to evacuate?


17 posted on 06/21/2013 5:41:48 AM PDT by expat1000
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To: A Formerly Proud Canadian

Wow, I heard a story yesterday, didn’t realize it was this bad. The folks I’m referring to are out camping in an RV somewhere and a bridge washed out on one side of them with a mudslide on the other side. They are essentially landlocked. He is running low on his medications


18 posted on 06/21/2013 5:43:49 AM PDT by prairiebreeze (Don't be afraid to see what you see. -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: A Formerly Proud Canadian

Looks very ugly indeed.


19 posted on 06/21/2013 6:04:51 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (The Civil Servants Are No Longer Servants...Or Civil.)
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To: A Formerly Proud Canadian

UPDATE: The City of Calgary has asked anyone who works downtown, not to come to work, unless absolutely neccessary, due to closures and flooding, etc.

I am temporarily working for a contractor friend, helping to install water and gas lines in a new restaurant downtown. It is imperative that the work be completed ASAP, as the owner wants it open a week before the Calgary Stampede begins the evening of July 4th. It is just outside of the evacuation area and he was able to get downtown by travelling about 3 extra miles to the north-west of the core. We cannot do anything today as water, gas and electrical are shut down.

Apparently, the Elbow River crested about 4:00 AM, but there may be another crest. The Bow is expected to crest this afternoon but again, as rain continues in the mountains, there may be additional crests. I do not have details on other rivers effecting Red Deer and Lethbridge.

As far as I know, no bridges have been washed away in Alberta, but there are concerns for the structural integrity of many, including bridges in High River. High River took the brunt of the flooding of the Sheep River yesterday.


20 posted on 06/21/2013 7:40:30 AM PDT by A Formerly Proud Canadian (I once was lost but now I'm found; blind but now I see.)
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To: A Formerly Proud Canadian

UPDATE: The City of Calgary has asked anyone who works downtown, not to come to work, unless absolutely neccessary, due to closures and flooding, etc.

I am temporarily working for a contractor friend, helping to install water and gas lines in a new restaurant downtown. It is imperative that the work be completed ASAP, as the owner wants it open a week before the Calgary Stampede begins the evening of July 4th. It is just outside of the evacuation area and he was able to get downtown by travelling about 3 extra miles to the north-west of the core. We cannot do anything today as water, gas and electrical are shut down.

Apparently, the Elbow River crested about 4:00 AM, but there may be another crest. The Bow is expected to crest this afternoon but again, as rain continues in the mountains, there may be additional crests. I do not have details on other rivers effecting Red Deer and Lethbridge.

As far as I know, no bridges have been washed away in Alberta, but there are concerns for the structural integrity of many, including bridges in High River. High River took the brunt of the flooding of the Sheep River yesterday.


21 posted on 06/21/2013 7:43:15 AM PDT by A Formerly Proud Canadian (I once was lost but now I'm found; blind but now I see.)
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To: A Formerly Proud Canadian; Clive; exg; Alberta's Child; albertabound; AntiKev; backhoe; ...
To all- please ping me to Canadian topics.

Canada Ping!

22 posted on 06/21/2013 2:46:38 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (I'd give up chocolate but I'm no quitter)
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To: Squawk 8888; Kartographer

How does one prepare for floods?


23 posted on 06/21/2013 5:49:17 PM PDT by fanfan ("If Muslim kids were asked to go to church on Sunday and take Holy Communion there would be war.")
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To: expat1000

No, fortunately I’m on one of the “upland” areas.

But I went down to see the Bow River today, and it is fully raging - the downtown area is now evacuated and under water.


24 posted on 06/21/2013 5:55:19 PM PDT by canuck_conservative
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To: expat1000
Heavy rain in the mountains west of Calgary, coupled with the normal spring snowmelt in the higher elevations. This is very similar to the story that played out in British Columbia within the last two years.

A close friend of mine in Calgary was ordered to vacate his home with his family. The story there is that the city is shutting off all the utilities in that part of Calgary because they're right at the point where many of the drainage outlets flow into the river. They're worried about storm water and sanitary sewers backing up into the entire neighborhood.

25 posted on 06/21/2013 6:17:26 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("I am the master of my fate ... I am the captain of my soul.")
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To: fanfan

For one thing there are flood maps available, so when you go to buy your home don’t buy a home in the flood plain.


26 posted on 06/21/2013 7:11:55 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Alberta's Child

That’s a real tragedy, but I guess the price of being so close to the Rockies.


27 posted on 06/21/2013 8:55:31 PM PDT by expat1000
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To: Kartographer; fanfan

After hurricane Hazel hit Toronto, some flood control infrastructure was put in place but the most important measure they took was turn most of the flood plains here into parkland.


28 posted on 06/21/2013 8:56:46 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (I'd give up chocolate but I'm no quitter)
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To: expat1000

It’s highly unusual in that area. It’s not so much the proximity to the mountains as it is the shallow river beds. The Bow River, for example, flows out of the mountains and across the foothills as a swift-running river. Further downstream some of these rivers have carved out valleys with deep embankments, but it’s rare for the river to flow more than a few feet deep even during the heaviest rainfall and snowmelt seasons.


29 posted on 06/21/2013 9:03:08 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("I am the master of my fate ... I am the captain of my soul.")
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