CALGARY – Flood conditions in Calgary and southern Alberta are not getting better yet. Officials in Calgary have ordered the evacuation of the downtown core of the city. Mayor Nenshi earlier asked people who did not have to go into work, or travel today to say home, or stay safe.
The first ten rows of seating in the Calgary Saddledome have been flooded. Flooding caused by high rainfall in the area has caused the Bow and Elbow Rivers in the city to rise to near record levels.
Calgary is currently closing roadways including reports that the Deerfoot Trail along the east side of the city is being closed to traffic.
The City of Calgary website has been hit hard with massive traffic volumes.
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Flood Conditions across Alberta
- Today 40 officers will conduct door to door checks of houses and locations;
- RCMP officers and first responders will either use vehicles, boats or be dropped in by helicopters in order to complete the search.
- Today officers will conduct door to door checks of houses and locations;
- RCMP officers and first responders will either be taken by boat or dropped in by helicopters in order to complete the search.
- Today officers will conduct door to door to check every houses / locations in order to ensure no one has remained behind;
- RCMP officers and first responders will either use vehicles, boats or be dropped in by helicopters in order to complete the search;
- Highway 1 is under water on both sides of Canmore;
- The Town of Banff is not under evacuation;
- Highway 1 is under water on the Alberta side of Town;
- There are localized mud slides on the West side of town.
- 100 to 150 people are evacuated due to the sour gas leak;
- The evacuation is a precautionary measure and relates to the sour gas breech;
- Other residents are advised to stay indoors;
- Officials advised that this leak is of a low risk to the public and to the environment;
- further information can be found at http://www.emergencyalert.alberta.ca/alerts/2013/06/1783.html .
- Yesterday two males were seen floating lifeless in the Highwood River in the High River area. However, no bodies were located.
- Yesterday a female was swept away with her camper in the Longview area of the Highwood River. She has not yet been located.
- Yesterday a male was observed falling from a canoe on the Highwood River in the High River area. It is unknown if he was able to get back in the canoe.
- The RCMP is asking all citizens to help the authorities who are responding to this emergency by observing these restrictions:
Do not drive to or near affected areas unless you are involved in the emergency response. Extra traffic will prevent the authorities from responding quickly. Pedestrians are asked to stay off all bridges.
- Do not use the phone unless you are requesting help or reporting an important event.
- Unnecessary phone calls could overload the telephone system and limit the authorities’ ability to communicate.