Calgary Flooding Evacuations Hit 26 Communities

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Rising flood waters in Calgary have prompted the mandatory evacuation of 26 low-lying communities. (Twitter: @ampcalgary)
Rising flood waters in Calgary have prompted the mandatory evacuation of 26 low-lying communities. (Twitter: @ampcalgary)

Rising flood waters in Calgary have prompted the mandatory evacuation of 26 low-lying communities.

Gas and power are being shut off in these neighbourhoods and residents are being asked to leave immediately.

For a comprehensive list of affected city services, including a list of neighbourhoods under evacuation orders, check the City of the Calgary blog.

The following neighbourhoods are under a mandatory evacuation order as of 6:30 a.m. Friday.

  • Beltline
  • Bonnybrook
  • Bowness
  • Bridgeland Industrial Area
  • Chinatown/Eau Claire
  • Cliff Bungalow
  • Deer Run
  • Discovery Ridge
  • Douglasdale
  • Downtown/East Village
  • Elbow Park
  • Erlton
  • Inglewood
  • Hillhurst
  • Mission
  • Montgomery
  • Quarry Park
  • Rideau
  • Riverbend
  • Riverdale
  • Roxboro
  • Stanley Park/Elboya
  • Sunnyside
  • Victoria Park
  • Westmount
  • Windsor Park

City official say residents do not need to inform police that they are leaving their homes, but should mark their front doors with a large 'X' that is visible from the road. People who need assistance being rescued should contact police.

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Evacuees who cannot arrange to stay with family or friends can find shelter, food and bedding at the following locations:
  • Village Square Leisure Centre, 2623 56 St. NE
  • South Fish Creek Recreation Complex, 100 333 Shawville Blvd. SE
  • Central Memorial High School, 5111 21 St. SW
  • William Aberhart High School, 3009 Morley Tr. NW
  • St. Francis High School, 877 Northmount Dr. NW

Calgarians are reminded that Southland Leisure Centre and Acadia Recreation Complex are at capacity.

People can take their pets to the Animal Service Centre at 2201 Portland St. S.E. or The Calgary Humane Society at 4455 110 Ave. S.E.

Centre Street Church, 3900 - 2 Street, N.E. is open as a day resource.

People are also asked to remain off phone lines to avoid overloading the telephone system.

The University of Calgary is closed on Friday, as are all schools under the Calgary Board of Education (CBE) and the Calgary Catholic School District (CCSD.)

The lastest updates from the CBE can be found here, and the CCSD here.

The city is asking Calgarians to limit water use as much as possible with the steps:
  • Limit showers to five minutes and keep baths shallow
  • Use washing machines and dishwashers only when absolutely necessary and only with full loads
  • Turn off taps when brushing teeth or shaving
  • Reduce toilet flushing

All hospitals in Calgary remain open, with the exception of the Sheldon M. Chumir Urgent Care Centre in the Beltline.

Calgary Transit reported a number of cancelled routes and detours Friday morning, and have closed all C-Train service in the downtown core.

From the City Of Calgary:

There is no Calgary Transit service in the area bordered on the north by 16 Avenue N, east by Deerfoot Trail, south by Glenmore Trail and to the west by 14 Street W.

No buses are running on regular bus routes within this area. Shuttles have been set up for C-Train replacement. They are entering this area but are not stopping to board or unload passengers.

C-Train replacement shuttles are only operational at certain stations.

Many roads and bridges around Calgary have been closed to drivers and pedestrians. Read our full list here.

A number of buildings in the downtown core have also been closed and the downtown core is under mandatory evacuation.

The following major events have been cancelled:

  • Sled Island Music and Arts Festival
  • Park Market/1 Street Market Walk
  • Go Skateboarding Day
  • Wing Kei Walkathon
  • Allied Memorial Remembrance Ride
  • Remington Race for Pace 2013
  • Aboriginal Awareness Week
  • Enbridge Ride To Conquer Cancer
  • MEC Paddlefest

The areas around Airdrie, Cochrane, Banff and Canmore remain under rainfall warning, with an additional 10 to 25 millimetres expected to fall by late afternoon. Environment Canada predicts the rain will taper off tonight and into Saturday.

For more information about the Alberta floods and weather, check Environment Canada and Alberta Emergency Alerts.

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Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith tweeted this photo of the rising waters of the Highwood River.

"This is the view of the bridge over the Highwood. Normally there is a couple metres clearance below it. #ableg #wrp"

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You can find updates on various communities and their flood status at Alberta Emergency Alert http://www.emergencyalert.alberta.ca/

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Cougar Creek in Canmore is completely overrun by floods. High River, Black Diamond and Calgary are also facing quickly rising water levels. The latest on evacuations and warnings can be found in our story.

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From the Alberta Emergency Alert:

All residents in north west, south west and north east High River are under mandatory evacuation. Crews are working to reach residents in the Vista Mirage area. Information will be posted on the High River website at www.highriver.ca.

Evacuate immediately. Please go to Highwood High School on 12th Ave where the emergency evacuation centre has been opened.

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From Alberta Emergency Alert:

There is localized flooding in Town, beginning near the Foothills Lions Campground. Hwy 22 is closed near that location. Residents west of 1st St SW are being evacuated to the Reception Centre (Oilfields Arena). Power outages may follow. The Water Treatment Plant has been shut down due to flood & safety concerns. Residents are requested to conserve water.

Door to door notification of the evacuation is taking place. Donations of towels and blankets can be made at the Arena. Food donations may be required later in the day. The town is currently investigating sources of bottled water. More information.

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From the City of Calgary:

The decision was made by Deputy Mayor Richard Pootmans and Ald. John Mar to declare a SOLE based on the potential severity of the incoming high river flows in conjunction with expected heavy rainfall. The City of Calgary has begun to implement its flood response plans with the deployment of sandbags and temporary dams at key locations to protect property and infrastructure. The City is working to ensure the safety of Calgarians and asks for their patience and cooperation during this time. Citizens are reminded to: · Stay away from rivers and creeks as the water is rising and moving quickly, and banks may be unstable. · Avoid storm water ponds and storm drains, and do not let children play near them. · Do not drive through flooded areas such as underpasses. · If you experience basement seepage or overland flooding, call 3-1-1 to report. · If you or someone else is in imminent danger, call 9-1-1. Remember that 9-1-1 is for emergencies only; please use 3-1-1 for reporting non-emergency issues.

· Monitor local media and City of Calgary messages. For more information on flooding, visit calgary.ca/flooding.

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Cougar Creek threatens homes with its mighty surge.

Video: Wade Graham, Facebook

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From Alberta Emergency Alerts:

There is a hazardous materials release threatening life and the environment. An sour gas pipeline rupture has caused a release of H2S in the Town of Turner Valley. Residents are ordered to protect in place. Emergency crews have evacuated the affected areas and will continue to monitor.

Instructions:

Move indoors and stay indoors. Prepare for possible evacuation. Seek medical attention if you experience breathing difficulties. Follow the directions of local authorities.

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"The City of Calgary has declared a state of emergency as expected heavy rainfall combined with the potential of incoming high river flows could become severe.

The city is implementing its flood response plan with the deployment of sandbags and temporary dams to protect property and infrastructure.

Calgarians are advised to stay away from rivers and creeks as rising water may makes banks unstable.

Driving through flooded areas such as underpasses or children playing near storm water ponds and drains should also be avoided."

More here.

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Turner Valley, a community southwest of Calgary, was placed under an emergency alert Thursday after a sour gas pipeline ruptured. The alert urged people to move indoors and to prepare for a possible evacuation.

What is sour gas, exactly, and what's the harm? Read more here.

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Our friends up the hill got in a bit of a pickle today when they headed to Canmore to cover the flooding.

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The Town of High River is now under an emergency evacuation alert. There is extremely dangerous and rapid flooding occurring in High River. Authorities are warning residents to move to high ground.

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There is a threat of extremely dangerous and rapid flooding in the County of Lethbridge. The County of Lethbridge declared a local state of emergency at 11:10 a.m. and issued an evacuation order for residents living in the Oldman River valley.

An evacuee reception centre is at the County Administration building at #100, 905 4th Avenue South downtown.

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