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drfumblefinger

URGENT: Southern Canadian Rockies and Calgary badly flooded

by drfumblefinger »

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. 

 

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JohnT

RE: URGENT: Southern Canadian Rockies and Calgary badly flooded

by JohnT »

Glad to hear your dry. More than 100,000 homes on evacuation notice. THe largest such notice in Canadian history I understand? Freaky for a place that normally gets about a foot of moisture for the entire year. Saw some of the videos of Canmore and the mountain passes.

 

Here is some video foranyone interested.

 

 http://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/articles/city-of-calgary-declares-local-state-of-emergency-amid-rising-water-levels-/8078/

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drfumblefinger

RE: URGENT: Southern Canadian Rockies and Calgary badly flooded

by drfumblefinger »

Thanks for the extra info, John.  I'd say that there's another 6-10' (2-3 meters) of depth to the river today above what the video shows.

"The storm of the century" they say.  Let's hope so.

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mushroom

RE: URGENT: Southern Canadian Rockies and Calgary badly flooded

by mushroom »

Best wishes.  I just caught up with the news.  

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drfumblefinger

RE: URGENT: Southern Canadian Rockies and Calgary badly flooded

by drfumblefinger »

In Response to Re: URGENT: Southern Canadian Rockies and Calgary badly flooded:[QUOTE]

Best wishes.  I just caught up with the news.  


Posted by mushroom[/QUOTE]

Thank you, Mushroom.  In the past 24 hours, the level of the Bow River has held steady, which is the good news.  When I walked out there this morning, it had dropped maybe a foot, but they will be releasing some water from an upriver dam, so expect it to hold at this level for a few more days.  At least today is a nice sunny day so far, which helps things dry out and drain.

Evacuation notices remain in effect.   Power still off in many places, including in my home.

A few photos of the flooding from Fish Creek Provincial park, near where I live.

Normally the Bow river flows between the far cliff and the trees in the distance.  

The trees are half submerged.  The path I like to hike and bike on is in this field of view, but is probably under 3 meters of water.

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mushroom

RE: URGENT: Southern Canadian Rockies and Calgary badly flooded

by mushroom »

Glad to hear you are safe, albeit without electricity -- which with all that water in the area is no doubt just as well.

I have been keeping up with the astonishing pictures on the news.  Must be even more amazing to watch it unfold.  I've been in that part of Alberta so I have some idea of how surreal it must be to see so much of it submerged.

Around here in Italy, the mighty Po occasionally overtakes the surrounding landscape, and at those times, the word "flood" doesn't seem the right description.  It is more like you realize that this is simply the real river -- all of it -- fullfilling a natural urge to be just as big as it needs to be as it moves along.  The banks of the Po are almost entirely agricultural land, for hundreds of meters on either side, so there is rarely the kind of dislocations of people like what has happened in Alberta.  

Unfortunately, deadlier flash floods in India have made Canada thus far seem luckier on the whole, although that is not to minimize how hard it will be on a great many people in your part of the planet in the coming weeks, digging out and facing some irreplaceable losses.

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drfumblefinger

RE: URGENT: Southern Canadian Rockies and Calgary badly flooded

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mushroom

RE: URGENT: Southern Canadian Rockies and Calgary badly flooded

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The most interesting photo to me was the one of downtown where you could see where the water had stopped, leaving large parts of the commercial district dry but inundating others.

The photos of the residential districts were just grim.  It must be just hell to have to rehabilitate a house when you've had water enter to those heights.  I once lived in New Jersey, which must have several hundred rivers and waterways running through it, and after my first year there, I made a mental note never to live in a town or on a street that had the word "brook" or "bridge" in it, or anything else water-related, because inevitably in bad storms, the newspapers would be filled with pictures of flooded homes in Bound Brook, Saddlebrook, Oldbridge, Bridgeton, Red Bank, Little Ferry, etc.  I noticed the town of High River south of Calgary got some of the worst of the water.

What do you think will happen with the Stampede? I saw the mayor vowed it would go forward....

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drfumblefinger

RE: URGENT: Southern Canadian Rockies and Calgary badly flooded

by drfumblefinger »

Cleaning up from a flood is a mess.  Everything that was submerged is wet and muddy.  Somethings are easy to salvage -- others less so (eg. mattresses).  Mostly everything needs a good cleaning and drying.

I think the Stampede will be on schedule.  The river is receeding to day.  Once the water is off the grounds, it will dry fairly quickly.  Buildings will be cleaned, a fairlyeasy project as most have concrete floors.    But we'll see.  It all depends on how fast the water levels receed.

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mitchtwin

RE: URGENT: Southern Canadian Rockies and Calgary badly flooded

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Thanks so much for the updates. So glad to hear that things are maybe turning a corner for the region, but so very sorry for all those that have been affected by the flooding. Our prayers are with everyone that is involved in rescue, recovery, clean up and rebuilding efforts.

We have been planning a family vacation to the Rockies and the Calgary Stampede for months, so have been watching the Calgary stations. In the wake of such devastaion, we are, of course wondering about the wisdom of coming to the region, so keep the updates coming. 

Mitchtwin

midwestern Ontario

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