07/02/2013 03:09 EDT | Updated 07/02/2013 04:01 EDT

Calgary Downtown Workers Return After Flood To Power Outages, Parking Woes

Many people who work in Calgary's downtown core returned to their jobs Tuesday for the first time since severe flooding almost two weeks ago.

The office towers that house many of Canada's biggest oil companies were crippled by power outages and water sloshing at their doors.

Mayor Naheed Nenshi had urged downtown workers to stay away to let emergency and cleanup crews do their jobs.

Now he's asking them to take public transit, car pool or ride their bikes to work as parking downtown is still in short supply.

For thousands of those who ventured into the core on Tuesday, as power outages were reported in many downtown towers Tuesday morning.

Among the towers affected were Suncor Energy Centre, Sun Life Plaza, BP Centre and Fifth Avenue Place.

The cause of the outage has not yet been determined, although it's reportedly believed to be flood-related.

The city's Bow and Elbow rivers surged over their banks June 20 after heavy rain and forced an evacuation of the downtown and low-lying neighbourhoods.

The city remains under a state of emergency until at least Thursday.

-With file from The Huffington Post Alberta

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