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And anywhere in SW BC in the flood zone.
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Date: 6/21/13 9:04 PM

We have been hearing about the floods but I just saw some footage and it is unbelievable. Calgary's whole downtown is underwater with water up to (last I heard) row 14 of the Saddle Dome. Hope everyone is safe and dry.

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Date: 6/21/13 10:58 PM

It is quite incredible, I think it has affected every person in some form or another. While we have only been inconvenienced by road closures, others have lost most of their belongings or worse, their homes. However, the city has come together to do whatever needs to be done and what will eventually have to be done.

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Date: 6/22/13 0:38 AM

We just got home tonight from our vacation in the U.S. and had heard nothing about this until we turned on the Blue Jays game and they were talking about the Saddledome.

My best friend lives in Calgary and I've sent out an e-mail to her -- by the time I saw it, it was too late to call. I'll try her tomorrow. She works downtown and while her area isn't on the evacuation list, she is very close to one that is on the "next" list for evacuation.

Being quite familiar with Calgary and area both DH and I were shocked to see some of the photos -- the ones from Bragg Creek really hit home as we spent some time out there about 18 months ago and knew exactly where the photos were.



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Date: 6/22/13 0:46 AM

This is quite a tour of the downtown area

http://youtu.be/bRS8YfVlt3Y

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Date: 6/22/13 12:01 PM

****Note**** if you are having difficulty reaching family and friends in affected areas, power and gas has been shut off in many areas; cell phone coverage may also be affected.
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Calgary is my hometown and I am just so upset by all this. At the same time I am so happy and relieved that all my family and friends there are not affected and doing okay.

It is not just Calgary that is affected. It has affected most of Central and Southern Alberta.

High River south of Calgary is underwater, Many homes in Canmore (west in the mountains) are destroyed; same story in Bragg Creek (in the foothills closer to Calgary.) Parts of the TransCanada highway (and other secondary highways) are closed due to washout or mudslides, some bridges have been washed away.

In the South East corner, Medicine Hat was evacuating last night and is expected to flood today as the swollen rivers flooding Calgary merge into the river running through Medicine Hat. SW; Lethbridge is on alert.

In my area, Edmonton we are also on a alert as our river is expected to rise 3 meters (about 10ft) by today. Even if we do see flooding it is anticipated it will be no where near what these other areas in the south have experienced. Red Deer area (between Calgary and Edmonton) was evacuated but all seems okay for now but they remain on alert and could have to be evacuated again at any time.

The storm that caused all this is moving to Saskatchewan and Manitoba along with all the swollen rivers in Alberta. Apparently there is already some flooding in Winnipeg.

The most amazing thing is that only 3 deaths - all in High River. God bless us all, this is just surreal. Cleaning up and rebuilding/repairing this much damage is going to take some time.

to all affected and thanks to all that have shown their support and concern.

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Date: 6/22/13 12:12 PM

Yes, the Saddle Dome. It looks like the Calgary Flames (NHL hockey) have lost everything except the players themselves.

It is a good thing that Calgary wasn't playing Boston for this year's Stanley Cup. What would they do? Where would they play? Probably here. Usually there is such a strong rivalry between Calgary and Edmonton, but under the circumstances we would probably all cheer for the Flames.

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Date: 6/22/13 2:50 PM

We weren't back yet when the storm hit here on Thursday night -- the flooding in Winnipeg was not the result of river flooding/overflow but rather the result of torrential downpours in a short period of time and sewer back-ups. The majority of the flooding took place in the west part of Winnipeg and outside Winnipeg on the west side where they had between 60mm and 79 mm of rain. On our end of the city (south east) we only received 11 mm and on the north east they only got 1 mm.

Our new IKEA which opened last November had to be evacuated and customers were ushered out through a first floor covered with water.

I heard from my best friend in Calgary -- they are up on the ridge above Deer Run which has been evacuated. They are without power since yesterday morning and have no idea when they'll get it back -- they luckily have some alternatives (gas generator) so are managing to get by.

It's been a crazy year for weather both in Canada and the U.S. (and other places around the world).

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Date: 6/22/13 3:01 PM

Someone needs to give Mother Nature a serious talking to! I hate reading about things like this. I heart Canada and you will be in my thoughts.

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