So is today the first day of summer? It certainly doesn’t feel like it here. It is Friday afternoon around 4 PM and the sun is desperately trying to shine again over a city that has experienced one of the worst floods in history. If you look at Twitter today you will see Calgary and the surrounding areas are trending with hashtags such as #abfloods, #yycflood and #yychelps. The flood situation in Calgary also, surprisingly enough, appeared on CNN as well.
Over the past few days we have had huge amounts of rain. As a matter of fact, Wednesday night it poured non-stop. Yesterday morning the small towns outside of Calgary began flooding and evacuations began.
Last night people living in certain communities within Calgary were asked to evacuate. You see because of all the rain the rivers that run through Calgary are overflowing and the water is literally running down the streets, and into homes and offices. Some people's basements are actually flooded to the ceiling of their basement and rising up the stairs to their main floor.
One of the hardest hit areas is in downtown Calgary where the two major rivers converge.
And like many cities, some of the most expensive homes are waterfront properties that are now either underwater or are praying for the water to back off.
This morning all schools were closed. All transit in and out of downtown was cancelled. Power was turned off in many communities throughout Calgary. Thankfully the temperatures outside are mild. Some may even say cold.
And this morning on the news they listed all of the roads that were closed due to too much water. Throughout the day that list has grown longer and longer.
Anyone working in the downtown area was asked to stay home.
Actually, everyone was asked to stay home to make things easier for the emergency crews, but of course, as people could see on the traffic reports, many people still felt the need to go out and drive around until they got stuck.
The pictures and videos that are coming in are absolutely incredible.
The Calgary Zoo
The beautiful Calgary Zoo is located on a small island in the river just east of downtown Calgary.
Workers there have been working extremely hard to figure out ways to safely evacuate all of the animals.
Flooded Homes in Calgary
It looks like the entire first floor of this expensive house is flooded. Of course, the basement as well, and all of their neighbors.
Check out this before and after image of one location.Notice some buildings are missing?
And in just a couple of weeks Calgary is meant to host the annual Calgary Stampede. This is what the Stampede grounds look like today. It looks more like a lake then a park.
West of Calgary
This video was taken in a small town west of Calgary. Keep your eyes on the video and you will see a house rushing down the river. Well actually all you will see is the green roof of the house followed by a loud bang.
This is a combination of images and videos from around Calgary.
If you are anywhere in or around Calgary, please be safe.