Major Flooding: Calgary and Surrounding Areas. June 21, 3013 #yycflood

calgary flood

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 calgary zoo

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.

flooded houses in calgary

Check out this before and after image of one location.Notice some buildings are missing?

flooding in calgary

Calgary Stampede

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.

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Comments

    • David Leonhardt

      David Leonhardt 06/21/2013 7:01 p.m. #

      Yikes! That is really bad flooding. The missing buildings shot is pretty graphic. Sending prayers.

      • Sicorra

        Sicorra 06/22/2013 4:32 p.m. #

        Thanks for your support. The flooding continues to create trouble around the city this weekend.

    • Bren

      Bren 06/22/2013 5:54 p.m. #

      Geeze Sicorra! That's so awful. I can't begin to imagine the losses that are happening. :(

      • Sicorra

        Sicorra 06/24/2013 12:19 p.m. #

        Yes, the losses will be huge. Some people are just getting back into their homes this morning to check out the damage. Schools are still closed too.

    • Anthony @ Thrifty Dad

      Anthony @ Thrifty Dad 06/22/2013 6:54 p.m. #

      Wow! That's pretty bad. I saw the videos on the news – so crazy. We have a friend in Canmore as well (hasn't been evacuated at least where she is, yet). I hope you and your family are doing ok where you are. Stay safe.

      • Sicorra

        Sicorra 06/24/2013 12:21 p.m. #

        Thanks Anthony! We are on high ground and dry. Hope your friend is doing okay too. Canmore was hit really bad on Thursday as the creek that runs through it literally tore away the back of people's homes and drag it down the river. Lots of mess.

    • Corina Ramos

      Corina Ramos 06/23/2013 12:15 p.m. #

      Girl...that is some scary stuff going on up there. Please be safe. It's been on the news here and I'm praying everyone is safe and that the rain stops soon.

      Be careful!

      • Sicorra

        Sicorra 06/24/2013 12:23 p.m. #

        Hey Corina, Thanks very much! The rain did stop yesterday and nothing in the forecast. In fact it is meant to get hot later this week, which will make a lot of the homes really stink.

        We went over to our nearest park yesterday where the river runs through and the entire park itself is a swamp plus all the nice houses along where the shoreline usually is. The water is full of crap too from all of the broken trees and depris from homes.

    • DC @ Young Adult Money

      DC @ Young Adult Money 06/24/2013 6:55 a.m. #

      Praying for everyone affected by these floods. It really puts things in perspective. On Friday night we drove home from Target in literally what seemed like "hurricane" conditions as trees were being uprooted and winds were extremely high, all while it downpoured. We got home to see that our backyard storm drain was not draining at all, and there was over a foot over water outside our sliding glass door. While some things sitting on the floor were ruined, they can be replaced (and were mainly giveaway winnings we plan on selling...). We were thankful for a sump pump in our basement that helped get a lot of water out. After the rain slowed and the drain started working outside, it only took an hour and a half to get our basement pretty dry. Now I look at Calgary and can't even imagine what it would be like to have your entire house flooded...the recovery will be difficult.

      • Sicorra

        Sicorra 06/24/2013 12:28 p.m. #

        Hey DC! Thanks very much!

        Very sorry to hear that your basement got wet again. I wonder if you were getting some of the tail end of the storms we had.

        Good to hear that your pump kicked in and helped with the situation.

        I know how difficult it is to clean up the basement even from small amounts of water. The house I was in as a kid would get water up from the drain and storm sewer into our basement every couple of years. We use to joke that it was one way to make sure the whole basement floor was washed and we usually got new area rugs out of the deal.

    • Joe @ Stacking Benjamins

      Joe @ Stacking Benjamins 06/24/2013 7:46 a.m. #

      That's horrible. I'd read about the flooding but never seen the pictures or video.

      • Sicorra

        Sicorra 06/24/2013 12:29 p.m. #

        Yes, things are looking pretty crappy for the central area of the city and anyone along the river.

    • Jake @ Common Cents Wealth

      Jake @ Common Cents Wealth 06/24/2013 10:56 a.m. #

      Wow, that's crazy and pretty scary. We got quite a bit of rain this weekend in Minnesota that caused some flash floods, but nothing to this magnitude. I hope everyone gets out of there safe and sound. Stay safe!

      • Sicorra

        Sicorra 06/24/2013 12:30 p.m. #

        Hey Jake, Yes, DC lives there too and was just mentioning that his basement was flooded. Maybe you guys got the same storm as we did. Good to hear you are okay, and thanks for your well wishes.

    • Shannon @ The Heavy Purse

      Shannon @ The Heavy Purse 06/24/2013 11:45 a.m. #

      Wow! I hope you're okay!?!? How badly are you affected by the flooding? Very, very scary. Hope you are okay and be safe, my friend!

      • Sicorra

        Sicorra 06/24/2013 12:33 p.m. #

        Hey Shannon, Thanks very much! We are doing okay where we are. It is really horrible to see the devastation though for those close to the river.

        All schools are closed for the kids until Thursday and all offices downtown where the water was the worst, are closed for a few days too.

        As well, we have heard that many people will not be covered by their insurance for this which of course is very upsetting.

    • Pauline

      Pauline 06/24/2013 4:30 p.m. #

      Oh gosh that is terrible! Glad you guys are ok. We had a small storm last week but nothing in comparison. Is it normal to have heavy rains that time of year? I hope there aren't too many damages.

      • Sicorra

        Sicorra 06/24/2013 7:07 p.m. #

        June is our rainy season but not usually this bad. The last time the rivers overflowed was June 2005, but it wasn't as wicked as this time. This time people had no time to prepare. And yes, unfortunately, for those affected, the damages are huge and most likely their insurance will not pay because apparently home insurance doesn't cover overflowing river water. :-(

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