Heavy rains in southern Alberta may force up to 100,000 Calgary residents to evacuate
Torrential rains and widespread flooding throughout southern Alberta on Thursday washed out roads and bridges, sent residents scurrying for safety, and delivered up surreal scenes of cars, couches and refrigerators just floating away.
Officials with the City of Calgary said as many as 100,000 people could be forced from their homes due to heavy flooding, an evacuation that would take place in stages over the next few days.
The Bow River Basin was battered late Wednesday and into Thursday with up to 100 mm of rain, bringing river levels to the breaking point. Parts of Calgary along the Bow and Elbow rivers remained in the crosshairs with residents in six low-lying areas out of their homes. Photos: (Postmedia; Calgary Herald, Canadian Press)