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#1 mistakesweremade

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 12:17 AM


Several communities in southern Alberta are under a state of emergency after recent rainfall, forcing evacuations around the province. Banff National Park was hit especially hard, and the Trans-Canada highway was washed out in some parts after Cougar Creek spilled its banks.

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Town of Canmore in State of Emergency

The Town of Canmore has declared a local state of emergency after a deluge of rain.

Officials say the banks at Cougar Creek are unstable, and residents are being warned to stay away from it and all bodies of water.

Residents south of the pedestrian bridge over Cougar Creek are being evacuated, while other are being notified they should prepare for a possible evacuation.

Power is out at various locations throughout town.

Access to Eagle Terrace is closed and power is out at various locations throughout town.

Three Sisters Parkway is closed.

Schools in Canmore will be open on Thursday but there will be no classes and no school buses are running – as the town deals with dangerously high water levels.

The evacuation centre in Canmore has been moved to their new multipurpose facility at Elevation Place.

The Trans-Canada Highway is closed at Cougar creek eastbound – and at Highway 40 at Exshaw for westbound travel.

The 1A Highway is closed both East and Westbound at Cougar Creek.

Canmore is located about 100 kilometers west of Calgary, Alberta.

If you are in Canmore and need help, an emergency line has been set up. Please call 403-678-1551.

CLICK HERE for updates from the Town of Canmore.

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Flooding in Canmore. Courtesy of Erin Mielzynski.

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Flooding in Canmore. Courtesy of Erin Mielzynski.

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Flooding in Canmore. Courtesy of Erin Mielzynski.

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Cougar Creek. Courtesy of Sheldon Niemiec.

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Cougar Creek. Courtesy: @BUS2CRPS

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Town of Banff

A number of highways in the mountain national parks are closed due to heavy precipitation causing flooding and mudslides.

Trans-Canada Highway—both directions at Carrot Creek, located just inside the Banff East Gate. Engineers are assessing bridge safety.

The Trans-Canada Highway—west-bound at the Norquay interchange. Crews and additional equipment are removing debris from the highway.

Highway 93S—the Banff-Radium Highway—from Castle Junction to Radium.

Highway 93N (the Icefields Parkway)—from Lake Louise to Saskatchewan Crossing.

Given persistent rain, there is no estimated time of road reopening at any of the aforementioned locations.

As a precautionary measure, Parks Canada staff are moving campers at Two Jack Lakeside Campground to higher ground at Tunnel Mountain Campground.

There are no reports of injuries.

http://globalnews.ca...of-emergencies/

Not sure how many fellow Southern Alberta folk are here but hope your alright and boil your water since their is a boil water advisory.

 




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Posted 21 June 2013 - 12:19 AM

pwease be Safe


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Posted 21 June 2013 - 12:35 AM

This is affecting Calgary as well, if the reports from people I know there are anything to go by.

 

 

I know at least one person who posts here that is from there and I hope she stays safe : /




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Posted 21 June 2013 - 12:38 AM

This is affecting Calgary as well, if the reports from people I know there are anything to go by.

 

 

I know at least one person who posts here that is from there and I hope she stays safe : /

I'm from Calgary as well

 Some images from the  floods on imgur

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 12:43 AM

I'm from Calgary as well

 Some images from the  floods on imgur

Cr: http://imgur.com/gallery/UbNhG

 

 

holy shit

 

i will never complain about changing a tire in the rain again (e-town sends you positive thoughts, stay safe)




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Posted 21 June 2013 - 12:44 AM

Some of my friends have been evacuated D:

I'm sort of worried, but I'm not too close to the river, and things will hopefully get better after the river caps from 3-5 am :c


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Posted 21 June 2013 - 12:45 AM

Heck, thats hell of a flood




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Posted 21 June 2013 - 01:09 AM

Here a video of the Trans-Canada being washed out




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Posted 21 June 2013 - 01:38 AM

Be Safe!




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Posted 22 June 2013 - 09:04 PM

So seems to rains have stopped or died down for now. The water is slowly receding but downtown will probably still be shut down til mid week before clean up efforts can begin.




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Posted 22 June 2013 - 09:09 PM

Damn, things are really bad. I hope everyone is safe.




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Posted 22 June 2013 - 09:13 PM

Damn, things are really bad. I hope everyone is safe.

3 deaths reported so far. not sure who or what reasons. My guess is homeless folk who couldn't get to the shelter or those who didn't wanna leave.

 

To get an idea of how much water there is, this a picture of the Saddledome in calgary where all large concerts and hockey games are held.

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And it was higher then that earlier




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Posted 23 June 2013 - 12:32 AM

The company my father work for is through out all of Canada, he told me the first 10 floors on his Alberta offices are flooded. So the building is shut down.







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