June 21st, 2013
05:37 AM ET

Calgary flooding could force up to 100,000 from homes

As many as 100,000 residents of Calgary, Alberta, could face evacuation because of flooding, the director of emergency management said early Friday.

Mandatory evacuation orders have been issued for 20 communities, Bruce Burrell said. Parts of of southern Alberta face rising floodwaters and the possibility of more rain.

The levels of the Bow and Elbow rivers are expected to peak overnight, but not drop until late Saturday at the earliest, he said.

"I have never experienced any flooding of this magnitude," he added.

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Filed under: Calgary • Canada • Flooding • Weather
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  1. saywhat

    Hope & pray these folks remain safe. For Canada this is indeed unusual.

    June 21, 2013 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  2. BOMBO

    No flooding in Edmonton, but we have had a lot of rain this year. After quite a lot of snow and a late spring.

    I'm starting to sound like a farmer in my old age. Ah-yup.

    June 21, 2013 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    keep safe@BOMBO

    June 21, 2013 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. RUFFNUTT ( D.M.I. ALLIANCE LOGISTICS OFFICER AND ROYALS FAN!!)

    if they would just listen to me and build a water pipeline to califonia this would be avoided...cali needs all the water we could send there...

    June 22, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |