Calgary Floods 2013.

Happy Summer Solstice 2013.  Even those of us in Calgary, AB are experiencing the official first day of Summer 2013 today, though not a happy Summer Solstice for Calgary and much of Southern Alberta as much of Calgary and southern Alberta as either evacuated due to flooding or are possibly due for evacuation notice later today.

The flooding is due to  excessive rain over the past week causing the swelling of the two main rivers in the Greater Calgary area (the Bow river, and the Elbow river).  At this point over 100,000 of the Greater Calgary areas roughly 1.25 million residents have been evacuated or are potentially yet gonna be forced to evacuate their homes.  Much of downtown Calgary has been shut down due to extreme amounts of water on the streets in some areas amounts are in excess of 1 meter deep.

In the city of Canmore, AB about 60 miles west of Calgary, and the town of Bragg Creek, AB southwest homes have even tragically been washed away, as well in the town of High River, AB leaving thousands not just out of their homes for the time being, but now homeless.  People in Greater Calgary have been advised to stay home and especially staying away from the rivers, and flood areas.

Luckily for Ashley, Diesel (our dog), and I we live up in high elevation suburban Calgary so we are at least for now all safe and sound but our thoughts and prayers are with all those not so lucky this first day of summer.

Below are a number of great websites providing coverage and forecasts from the Calgary and Southern Alberta areas affected:

http://www.calgaryherald.com

http://www.calgary.ca

http://www.redcross.ca

http://www.cbc.ca/news

http://www.CNN.com

http://www.calgarytransit.com

http://www.weather.com

http://www.weather.gc.ca

Here are some of the gripping pictures from the Greater Calgary area floods occurring right now: *All pictures courtesy of http://www.calgaryherald.com *

lower deck of the Centre street bridge is completely under water.

lower deck of the Centre street bridge is completely under water.

Parking lot downtown and train tunnel submerged.

Parking lot downtown and train tunnel submerged.

Calgary Stampede and Exhibition grounds flooded out.

Calgary Stampede and Exhibition grounds flooded out.

 

Calgary Stampede barns under water

Calgary Stampede barns under water

This is for real!

This is for real!

Police car stranded in the flood!

Police car stranded in the flood!

Calgary Fire Department members on a rescue mission.

Calgary Fire Department members on a rescue mission.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To all of those in Calgary and Southern Alberta please be smart and stay in, and remember if you’re told to evacuate do as told, you’re being evacuated for your safety and the safety of those you care most about!

Also for info if you’re in the Greater Calgary area you can connect with the City of Calgary via telephone by dialing 311.

for those of you out of the Greater Calgary area, and southern Alberta area consider yourselves lucky, and I hope you’re enjoying true Summer Solstice weather.

Happy Summer 2013!! 🙂

-Ben-

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