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Flooding In West Canada

Helene Imperiale |
June 21, 2013 | 11:45 a.m. PDT

Executive Producer

Extreme flooding has greatly impacted the Alberta providence of Canada. Tens of thousands of people fled for from their homes. In the city of Calgary around 75,000 residents were forced out of their apartments and homes and water filled the streets. 

According to CNN, “The emergency in Calgary comes a day after rain-swollen rivers burst from their banks in southern Alberta, ripping out roads, swallowing houses and cutting off communities.”

A state of emergency has been declared in several cities. The Canadian Military has helped with relief efforts with helicopters and other aid. 

Mayor Naheed  of Calgary said, “the Elbow River, one of two rivers that flow through the southern Alberta city, has peaked.” Huffington Post reported “if things don't change, officials expect that the flow on the Bow River – which, in Naheed’s words, looks like "an ocean at the moment" – will remain steady for the next 12 hours.”

Although there is total destruction of houses and cities, no injuries or deaths have been reported as a result of the flooding. 

The cause of the flood was a slow moving storm that pored more than 6 inches of Rain on providence from Wednesday to Thursday. Additionally, another inch of rain is possible on Friday and another storm may be sweeping the region on Monday.



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