Torrential Flooding in Southern Alberta, First Local Emergency in 90 Years [Videos]

Torrential flooding in Southern Alberta Thursday have caused the City of Calgary and many surrounding areas to call a State of Local Emergency, the first in 90 years. Surrounding towns in immediate danger and with evacuation orders already well underway, include: Canmore, High River, Cochrane, Airdrie and Okotoks, Black Diamond and Turner Valley.

The following footage is from the nearby town of Canmore, 90 minutes from Calgary. Originally a mining town the quaint tourist spot boasts only 13,000 year round residents, and is nestled right before the gates of Banff National Park about 30 mins away.

Heavy rainfall has caused both the Elbow and Bow rivers to swell and threaten low lying homes in surrounding communities. The Deerfoot Trail, the major freeway was closed and residents were evacuated from the communities of Mission, Elbow Park, Stanley Park, Roxboro, Rideau, Discovery Ridge, Victoria Park, Erlton, Cliff Bungalow, Sunnyside, Bowness and parts of Inglewood. Eau Claire, Chinatown, Downtown and the East Village, Bridgeland, Deer Run and Riverbend are next on the list. It is estimated that 100,000 people will be evacuated over the next 2-3 days.
In June 2005, severe property damage to approximately 40 ,000 homes was caused to due flooding, this is expected to be much  more intense, with a larger scale capacity of damage.

Detours and Closures

Glendeer area
Heritage Drive from Heritage Meadows Rd to Glenmore Tr SE    closed
WB Glenmore Tr ramp to N&S Deerfoot Tr closed

Elbow River
4 St north of 26 Avenue/Elbow Drive closed
5 St at 26 Avenue closed
26 Avenue between 4 & 5 Streets SW closed
Elbow Drive from 26 Avenue/4 Street to 32 Avenue closed

Memorial Drive/Zoo
Baines Bridge (at the zoo) closed
EB Memorial Drive ramp to St. Georges Drive closed
No access to Memorial Drive from the Zoo island.
St. Patrick’s/St. George’s/Zoo island access to south shore only.
EB Memorial Drive NW from 10 St to Edmonton Trail (west intersection) closed
WB Memorial Drive NE from Edmonton Trail (west intersection) to 10 St closed
Crowchild Trail ramps to Memorial Drive EB closed
Centre St bridge under-deck closed

Recommendations

Calgary Police Services and Emergency Dispatch are asking residences who are evacuating their homes, to pack clothes, and  prescription medicine, personal identification and other essential items to last at least one week. Evacuees who have no alternative place to stay can visit these facilities and find food, shelter and essential items.

Southland Leisure Centre, 2000 Southland Drive SW
Acadia Recreation Complex A, 240 90 Ave SE
Centre Street Church, 3900 – 2 Street, NE
Village Square Leisure Centre, 2623 56 Street NE
South Fish Creek Recreation Centre, 333 Shawville Blvd SE (please access through west doors)

Animal Service Centre, 2201 Portland St. S.E. or The Calgary Humane Society, 4455 110th Ave SE, will take pets who need shelter.

Although Southern Alberta has seen heavy rainfall and flooding before, the size of this emergency is epic. The torrential flooding of Southern Alberta is the first local emergency, in 90 years. Below are pictures from the 2005 flood, which was much smaller in size and effect that the one underway.

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Sources 

Calgary City News Blog – Calgary Flooding News Blog

CBC News – Calgary Flooding Forces Evacuations, 100,000 may be affected

CBC News – Nenshi on Calgary Flooding

Climate State – Canada Alberta CAlgary Floods June 20, 2013

ViralReport – Canmore Flooding

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