URGENT: Southern Canadian Rockies and Calgary badly flooded
Just to let anyone who is traveling to this region soon know that two days ago there were heavy, freak rainstorms in the region. Parts of the Canadian Rockies received 8 inches of rain in 24 hours, that on top of a melting snowpack in the alpine areas. The Bow River is badly flooded. Canmore is a disaster area, isolated because the Transcanada is closed both ways. From what I've heard, Banff is okay but isolated. The Transcanada Highway beween Golden and the Rockies is closed.
Calgary, down river of Banff, had a flash flood go through yesterday and on into right now. Thousands of residents have been evacuated from their homes. Stampede grounds flooded, with the Stampede only 2 weeks away. The Bow River has crested but it might be a while before it recedes. I live close to the Bow but fortunately high enough that my home is dry. Power is out at my place this morning, though but the Bow River is at least 10 feet verticle from the foundations of my home.
Point to all this is to advise people to check before they come to Calgary and the Canadian Rockies in the next few weeks. I suspect that within a week, things will be fairly normalized but a number of bridges are damaged and that will take time to sort out.