Photos of Canmore show just how hard floods hit the Alberta town.

The floods that began Thursday have left a trail of damage in their wake. Pictures show decks dangling from homes along Cougar Creek, a hospital surrounded by floodwater, portions of the Trans-Canada Highway ripped up, and more.

See photos of the destruction and check out the liveblog below for more updates on the Alberta floods.

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  • Excavators work in Cougar Creek in Canmore, Alta., Saturday, June 22, 2013, after floods ravaged the town.

  • The east bounds lanes of the Trans-Canada Highway sit underwater near Canmore, Alta., Saturday, June 22, 2013, after floods ravaged the town.

  • Flood damaged homes along Cougar Creek in Canmore, Alta., Saturday, June 22, 2013, after floods ravaged the town.

  • An excavator works on the Cougar Creek bed in Canmore, Alberta, Canada on Saturday, June 22, 2013 after flooding which devastated much of southern Alberta province.

  • An excavator works in Cougar Creek in Canmore, Alberta, Canada on Saturday, June 22, 2013, after floods ravaged the town.

  • Cars and trucks sit on the road looking east along the Trans-Canada Highway from Canmore, Alberta on Friday June 21, 2013.

  • The closed Trans-Canada Highway is pictured from the air in Canmore, Alta., on Friday June 21, 2013.

  • Flood waters surround the hospital in Canmore, Alta. on Friday, June 21, 2013.

  • Flood waters surround buildings in Canmore, Alta. Friday, June 21, 2013.

  • A washed out foot bridge lies on the creek bed in Canmore, Alta. Friday, June 21, 2013.

  • In this aerial photo, the flooded Cougar Creek runs through Canmore, Alberta, on Friday June 21, 2013. Communities throughout southern Alberta are dealing with overflowing rivers that have washed out roads and bridges, inundated homes and turned streets into dirt-brown tributaries.

  • Residents in the Eagle Terrace neighborhood of Canmore, Alberta, look out over what was the only road into the area on Friday June 21, 2013, after Cougar Creek flooded.

  • The Trans-Canada Highway is severely damaged from mudslides Friday, June 21, 2013, in the mountain resort town of Canmore, Alberta.

  • A row of homes are severely damaged by the flooded Cougar Creek in the mountain resort town of Canmore, Alberta on Friday June 21, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Rocky Mountain Outlook, Craig Donce)

  • Heavy equipment operators work to keep up with debris, as Cougar Creek pours over the Trans-Canada Highway near Canmore, Alberta on Friday June 21, 2013.

  • This aerial photo shows Cougar Creek running through Canmore, Alberta, Canada, on Friday June 21, 2013.

  • This aerial photo shows flood waters surround the hospital in Canmore, Alberta, Canada, on Friday June 21, 2013.

  • Houses along Cougar Creek show extensive damage after heavy flooding June 21, 2013 in Canmore, Alberta, Canada. Widespread flooding caused by torrential rains washed out bridges and roads prompting the evacuation of thousands.

  • This aerial photo shows Cougar Creek runs through Canmore, Alberta, Canada, on Friday June 21, 2013.

  • Houses along Cougar Creek show extensive damage after heavy flooding June 21, 2013 in Canmore, Alberta, Canada. Widespread flooding caused by torrential rains washed out bridges and roads prompting the evacuation of thousands.

  • This aerial photo shows Cougar Creek running through Canmore, Alberta, Canada, on Friday June 21, 2013.

  • This aerial photo shows the closed Trans-Canada Highway in Canmore, Alberta, Canada, on Friday June 21, 2013.

  • Houses along Cougar Creek show extensive damage after heavy flooding June 21, 2013 in Canmore, Alberta, Canada. Widespread flooding caused by torrential rains washed out bridges and roads prompting the evacuation of thousands.

  • This aerial photo shows the closed Trans-Canada Highway in Canmore, Alberta, Canada, on Friday June 21, 2013.

  • Houses along Cougar Creek show extensive damage after heavy flooding June 21, 2013 in Canmore, Alberta, Canada. Widespread flooding caused by torrential rains washed out bridges and roads prompting the evacuation of thousands. ()

  • This aerial photo shows the closed Trans-Canada Highway in Canmore, Alberta, Canada, on Friday June 21, 2013.

  • This aerial photo shows crews working on repairing transport systems in Canmore, Alberta, Canada, on Friday June 21, 2013.

  • This aerial photo shows Cougar Creek that runs through Canmore, Alberta, Canada during major flooding on Friday June 21, 2013.

  • A man pushes his bicycle through the floodwater June 21, 2013 in Canmore, Alberta, Canada. Widespread flooding caused by torrential rains washed out bridges and roads prompting the evacuation of thousnds.

  • Debris and water pours across the Trans-Canada Highway as Canmore struggles with flooding Thursday June 20, 2013.

  • Semi truck sit idle to the Trans-Canada Highway at Cougar Creek in Canmore, Alta. on Thursday June 20, 2013. Calgary and most of southern Alberta are being hammered by rain that has washed-out roads and bridges, caused mudslides and closed major highways.

  • Homes along Cougar Creek in Canmore, Alberta barely hang on as the town struggles to deal with flooding Thursday June 20, 2013.

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  • Sarah MacBey picks up a mud covered book that she had made for her husband for fathers day as she tours her flooded home for the first time since the waters receded in Calgary's southend Saturday, June 22, 2013.

  • Sarah MacBey pauses for a moment as she walks through her flooded home for the first time since the waters receded in Calgary's southend Saturday, June 22, 2013.

  • A house is submerged by flood water at a park near the Bow River in Calgary, Alberta, Canada June 22, 2013. Water levels have dropped slightly today.

  • This aerial photo shows the Bow River pouring through the Ghost Lake dam near Cochrane, Alberta, Canada on Saturday, June 22, 2013. The Bow flows trough Calgary and heavy rains plus mountain snow melt have caused evacuations and large scale flooding in the city as well as much of Southern Alberta.

  • The Canadian military sets-up camp near Kananaskis, Alberta, Canada on Saturday, June 22, 2013, as they prepare to help flood ravaged Alberta.

  • Furniture floats to the top of a set of stairs leading to the basement as lines on the wall show the height of the water before it receded in a home in Calgary's southend Saturday, June 22, 2013.

  • This undated photo provided by the Calgary Flames shows the inside of the Calgary Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta. The Saddledome, home to the National Hockey League's Calgary Flames, was flooded up to the 10th row, leaving the dressing rooms submerged.

  • This undated photo provided by the Calgary Flames shows the inside of the Calgary Saddledome, in Calgary, Alberta. The Saddledome, home to the National Hockey League's Calgary Flames, was flooded up to the 10th row, leaving the dressing rooms submerged.

  • A couple is silhouetted as they walk out of their flooded garage near the Elbow River in Calgary, Ab. Saturday, June 22, 2013.

  • Alberta Premier Alison Redford surveys flood damage in downtown High River, Alta. on Saturday June 22, 2013 after the Highwood River overflowed its banks.

  • Photographers take photos of destroyed downtown shops in High River, Alta. on Saturday June 22, 2013 after the Highwood River overflowed its banks.

  • An excavator works on the Cougar Creek bed after it tore through Canmore, Alta., Saturday, June 22, 2013.

  • A convoy of military vehicles makes its way through a flooded highway before heading in to the flood zone in High River, Alta. on Saturday June 22, 2013 after the Highwood River overflowed its banks.

  • Military troops are briefed before heading in to the flood zone in High River, Alta. on Saturday June 22, 2013 after the Highwood River overflowed its banks.

  • Hutterites from the Parkland Colony survey the flood zone in High River, Alta. on Saturday June 22, 2013 after the Highwood River overflowed its banks.

  • A flooded Calgary Stampede is seen from above, June 22, 2013.

  • A flooded downtown Calgary is seen from a aerial view of the city Saturday, June 22, 2013.

  • A flooded downtown Calgary is seen from a aerial view of the city Saturday, June 22, 2013.


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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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