Skip to main content

Yesterday, here in Calgary Alberta, we got the warning that major rain was coming. Up to 100 mm of rain (about 4 inches) predicted for the city, much more in the foothills just an hour or so to the west.

Today, the effects are hitting big time. For the last few hours, our local 24/7 news AM radio station has been on flood news, solid. Here's what is going on:

More than a dozen communities within the city limits have been evacuated, or are under orders to evacuate before midnight. As many as 100,000 people are affected by these orders. Two rivers, which pass through the city including downtown, are cresting and expected to overflow overnight. A number of low-lying areas have already flooded. The dam that holds the city reservoir is expected to breach overnight. While at the moment the rain has stopped within the city, more rain is expected to come. However, it is still downpouring buckets upstream, feeding the rivers which are carrying all that water inward.

Quite a few road closures are already affecting major arteries, and ramps to and from highways. Traffic everywhere is a mess.

Further west, the city of Canmore, about an hour's drive from Calgary, has been cut off as roads are flooded. Between Canmore and Banff further west, a major tourist destination, the Trans-Canada highway is closed in sections. Banff itself is on alert/standby; residents are being told to stay put.

In the town of High River, just south of Calgary, about 150 people are stranded on the roofs of their homes, waiting for rescue. The local hospital is closed.

Personally, I'm fine. My neighbourhood is high and dry, situated on the upside of a hilly area. Most of the city lies below us.

This event is far from over, and the worst may hit overnight. Even though, as I look out my windows now, the sun is partly out, the streets are dry, and everything looks like we just had a normal rain. But what's happening here is far from normal.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site