75,000 Displaced from Their Homes as Floodwaters Engulf Calgary
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Twenty-five neighborhoods in Calgary have been evacuated, thanks to overflowing rivers that have ransacked roads throughout the region. Southern Alberta has been inundated with deep floodwaters, causing thousands to flee their homes and stranding many in the area mountain regions. A slow-moving, heavy rainstorm passed through the area, dumping more than six inches of water onto the region and causing the Elbow and Bow rivers to overflow.
Authorities have been working tirelessly to evacuate over 75,000 people from their homes in the Calgary region alone. Power has been cut in many areas of the city as a precaution as flood waters moved in, swallowing roads and neighborhoods. Locals were asked to limit telephone use so the system could be free for emergency responders.
The flooding of the Elbow and Bow Rivers spread to neighboring towns of High River and the mountain town of Canmore, and it destroyed part of the Trans-Canada Highway. Many residents have been left homeless, as raging waters destroyed their homes. Emergency responders have been fast and effective, with no injuries or deaths reported.
The excessive flooding was due to Wednesday’s rainstorm, and local meteorologists predict yet another front with rain on Monday. The famous Calgary Stampede park is being used as headquarters for flood response efforts.
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