Jun 21 2013

Alberta Canada Flooding

Calgary and several other communities in southern Alberta are in the midst of some of the worst flooding in their history from heavy rains.  Some small streams have peaked, but with more rain coming some rivers may still rise.  The Water Office provides links to real-time stream gages throughout the region.

Entire neighbourhoods all along the two rivers have been cleared of inhabitants. City officials have estimated that as many as 100,000 could be out of their homes.

It had been a rainy week throughout much of Alberta, but on Thursday the Bow River Basin was battered with up to 100 millimetres of rain. Environment Canada’s forecast calls for more rain today in the area, but in much smaller amounts.

Calgary is not alone in its weather-related woes. There were flashpoints of chaos from Banff and Canmore and Crowsnest Pass in the Rockies and south to Lethbridge.

More than a dozen towns declared states of emergency, with entire communities including High River and Bragg Creek under mandatory evacuation orders.

From the Global News

There are endless videos showing the severity of the flooding.  Here are a few of the better videos I have found.  We will be posting more videos and images over the coming weeks.

Update (7/1/13): Many of the videos have been removed from online and are no longer available. 

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