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 Post subject: Calgary flooded.
PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2013 4:55 pm 
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We've had a brutal amount of rain in the past week, and the last few days, it's just opened up.

Our downtown has partly flooded, several areas and communities are under water, and since we have a major river running thru the full length of our city, wiggling it's way here and there, and running right by the downtown.

downtown was evacuated, all our many bridges were shut down, and driving around was beyond hell. I got sent home at 10 am today - Basically I was told to "get the fuck home while I still could". My boss has such a way with words.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/s ... tions.html

I took some video of our major river:

http://youtu.be/iVb9IzL_SjA

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 Post subject: Re: Calgary flooded.
PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2013 5:05 pm 
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Looks like what happened in Cedar Rapids, IA in 2008. They are still recovering from that one. Stay safe and dry!

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 Post subject: Re: Calgary flooded.
PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2013 5:48 pm 
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reminds me of the Missouri river flood of two years ago, but that was a corps of engineers screw up :facepalm:

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 Post subject: Re: Calgary flooded.
PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2013 5:53 pm 
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Same as in 93 too. Missouri and Mississippi that year.


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 Post subject: Re: Calgary flooded.
PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2013 6:02 pm 
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Yeah, dad & I have been watching the news feeds coming out of Canmore & Calgary. Looks like Dean & I are going to have to go north if we want to get through the Rockies this weekend. There's three main highways through the Rockies, the Crowsnest in the south, Trans Canada in the middle, & the Yellowhead in the north. The pictures below are the TC, which is the main road for traffic through the mountains, it's going to be shut down (or severally restricted) for several weeks, if not months. Crowsnest is partially flooded & collapsing in spots, but still moving, though it could get closed at any time. Which leaves the north route, which thankfully is so far untouched by all this.

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 Post subject: Re: Calgary flooded.
PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2013 6:34 pm 
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I'm told that my house is fine, but with all of the road closures I don't think I could even get to it right now even if I did make my way back to the city.

I'll be extending my stay in BC for at least two more days. I'm not overly concerned about getting back to work, because I work downtown and it's all shut down for who knows how long. In other words, I won't have any work to return to until the building is cleaned out, refurbished as necessary, and deemed usable again.

It's funny (not "haha" funny) that I always seem to be out of town when the shit hits the fan in Calgary.

For the August 1999 Hub Oil explosion, I was in Vancouver.
For the June 2005 flood, I was in Edmonton.
And now, this time I'm at Shuswap Lake watching footage of areas I know so well being washed away in a torrent of muddy water.

This one makes 2005 look like someone left a tap running. Going to be a long recovery process. Some things will never be the same.

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 Post subject: Re: Calgary flooded.
PostPosted: Sat Jun 22, 2013 4:59 am 
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Hope everybody stays dry & safe!! Looks like a real mess that ain't gonna get cleaned up soon. Be careful y'all.


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 Post subject: Re: Calgary flooded.
PostPosted: Sat Jun 22, 2013 8:13 am 
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Calgary's river doesn't look capable of holding water the same way the Winnipeg does. But that's a geology difference. I don't even know if a week of hard rain would hit the Kansas river that hard. But I admit I haven't had the ability to pay attention. Floods suck. Stay safe and as dry as possible. Drink a Mike's Hard Lemonade for me. The original is su much better than the U.S. version.


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 Post subject: Re: Calgary flooded.
PostPosted: Sat Jun 22, 2013 4:39 pm 
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So just an hour ago, our Mayor announced that the rivers are starting to 'relax' some. they've crested, and their meters per second are easing down.

Some people in areas that were evacuated are allowed to return now.

We are still in a state of local emergency, and we could have to start boiling water, and we could still have power outages, but I think the worst is over... Well, for some of us.

I live on a really high end of the city, and we are a couple of hundred feet above the river. So it hasn't really effected me - We were very lucky. But I'm sure some in this city have had to watch their houses get wrecked.

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