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mushroom

URGENT: Southern Canadian Rockies and Calgary badly flooded

by mushroom »

Have to say I'm with arion on this one, even absent horrific accidents.  Hadn't realized the Stampede was that '-- but doh, I should have known from the name.

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drfumblefinger

RE: URGENT: Southern Canadian Rockies and Calgary badly flooded

by drfumblefinger »

An update for those who might be interested in coming to the Stampede, which starts on Friday, and the Canadian Rockies in general..

The flood is over.  The Bow River is confined to its banks, although is still high.  The cleanup continues.  Calgary's most affected area is around the downtown corridor, where there are still roads and business closed (though many are open).

The Stampede will be ready and realtively unchanged.  It is a huge event, drawing over 100,000 visitors each of its ten days.  I expect this will be a good year -- many locals will show up jut to support the event.  Here's an update. http://www.calgarysun.com/2013/06/30/recovering-from-flood-damage-the-calgary-stampede-aims-for-full-show-with-some-minor-differences

The TransCanada through the Rockies is open, apparently with 4 lanes (2 in each direction) now open.  There will be areas of construction and slowing.  Things are returning to normal in Banff and even Canmore.  http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/ab/banff/ne/neuf-news.aspx

The backcountry is another matter.  Many trails have been damaged, hiking bridges washed out. etc.  The extent of backcountry damage is not yet fully understood.  It would be wise to check with the Park offices before embarking on any extended hiking, especially backcountry backpacking trip. . 

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drfumblefinger

RE: URGENT: Southern Canadian Rockies and Calgary badly flooded

by drfumblefinger »

This is my final post on this thread (I hope). 

The flooded stampede grounds were dried and Calgary just finished hosting a very successful stampede, with over one million having attended (not a record, but pretty darn good considering the place was under water 10 days before the event).  http://blogs.calgaryherald.com/2013/07/10/calgary-stampede-attendance-lagging-somewhat-in-2013/

The major roads in the Rockies have opened, and while repairs are ongoing, you can easily get through the Canmore, Banff, Lake Louise region.  Be sure you check with Parks Canada to see if the trail you want is open: http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/ab/banff/activ/randonee-hiking.aspx

A number of the trails are not recommended because of the erosion caused by the flooding, as well as the washout of major bridges.  Kananaskis Country is the worst hit area and I don't think most of this area (which is south of Canmore) will be open in 2013. 

I spent a wonderful day hiking the Emerald Basin and Emerald Lake Trail in Yoho National Park.  Yoho is east of the continental divide and was only minimally effected by the rain.  If you've never seen Yoho, it is magnificient, as you can see:

 

 

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GarryRF

RE: URGENT: Southern Canadian Rockies and Calgary badly flooded

by GarryRF »

Pleased to hear all is well now DrF.

A sharp reminder that nature still rules.

Thanks for the Photo's of where you live - it certainly is beautiful.

 

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drfumblefinger

RE: URGENT: Southern Canadian Rockies and Calgary badly flooded

by drfumblefinger »

Thanks for the note, Garry.

Yes, Nature is a force we do not control.  But I have to admit that I was surprised at how quickly this happened.  It was raining and then we receivved notice that the rivers would be flooding within a few hours -- very fast indeed.

 

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