You may have seen this on our office cam...
Well, we had to leave because of this...
Here is a good summary video..
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It came out of no where. There has been a lot of rain lately. Where we are situated is at the base of the Rocky Mountains. There is a river called The Bow which is a glacier runoff of beautiful clean water from the Rocky's. The river is also fed by a few other rivers and lakes from north and west of the city.
This is what Calgary normally looks like...
Yesterday we were aware that the river had risen quite a bit. Alan and I were preparing to go to the gym when an officer came to our office and handed us an evacuation notice. There are a few dams up stream from Calgary that are unable to hold the water back any longer. They will be opening the damn and there was a concern that the city would flood.
Well, they were right... and no one expected what had happened.
I woke up this morning to this... Here is a short video from my iphone of in front of my house, and next to our office. My home currently has intermittent electricity, no gas, no hot water, no heat, and no drinkable water. Sirens are on constantly as fire trucks and police patrol the city.
We live in a beautiful city. I'm so grateful to watch the entire city work together. As homes are evacuated, everyone is offering couches to sleep on. With hundreds of thousands of people without a home and many without power, there have been no casualties. I'm very proud of our city!
Here are some photos that I had taken today near my home.
The Canadian Geese are happy
This is a very sad part. It's entirely emotional and hurts my heart. There is a great deal of destruction everywhere, however... This is the "stampede grounds". Also home of our NHL hockey arena for the Calgary Flames. The arena and grounds include historical material, such as trophies, jerseys, certificates and more. Generally, a long list of athletic records and awards. The arena (Saddledome) is currently filled with water up to the 10th row! All electronics, jumbo-tron and more are destroyed.
Now... here's facebook pics from other sources...
Here's some news sources with videos: