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    Deaths confirmed in Alberta flooding, PM Harper tours area #yycflood http://www.cp24.com/news/deaths-conf...area-1.1335290

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    First...Thoughts and prayers to all those affected. The Flames fan in me is heartbroken to hear about the damage at the Saddledome and the loss of some of history of those magical years in the 80's and 90's and the 89 Stanley Cup. Even worse is the loss of so many homes and those who have lost everything. I was hoping no one would lose their life during, but sadly that isn't the case.

    Glad to see our FSU friends are okay and accounted for.

    Now and secondly...There has been no word from my Cousins in Calgary. We're hoping they were just in such a hurry to get out they haven't had a chance to contact his Mom yet, but that hadn't happened as of 10pm EST, so understandably we're more than worried.

    I'm going to assume there's going to be a huge need for clothing, as well as other needs, so knowing our church I've already dug out my hat, gloves, mitts, socks and Teddy Bear crochet and knitting patterns that that come together really fast. Anyone else who does the same should be getting busy this weekend. Even though it's Summer now, many have lost everything, so it wouldn't be a bad thing to also make things for Winter too. Regardless, they'll need everything and anything.

    I still can't believe the pictures. I mean...It looks like something from the Monsoon Season in Asia. Not somewhere in Canada.

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    I understand your concern about your cousins. The articles did say that there were massive power outages, and that cell service was overloaded and spotty at best; also without power, no ability to charge a dead battery. I hope you get good news soon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rex View Post
    Isn't Lee (Really) from Alberta? Is she okay?
    I'm fine. My daughter and her family, and my mother-in-law are trapped in Turner Valley, about a half hour southwest of Calgary, along the Sheep River. The bridge on the road south of town is gone, and the bridge on the road between Turner Valley and Black Diamond is also history. The other road out of town goes north, but is closed at Millarville, where Three Point Creek has blown its banks. Fortunately, a sour gas leak at the historic gas plant in Turner Valley was contained quickly. When it first happened yesterday, my granddaughter's daycare (along with the rest of the area in the vicinity) was evacuated. I'm thinking, from the photos I've seen, the road at Three Point Creek will likely be open first, but I don't know if the bridge there has also washed out like the other two or not. If they don't get something open soon, they're going to have to get food into the community because there aren't even any side roads people can use to get out of town to get groceries. There will be people who need medication...all kinds of things. Turner Valley really is a bedroom community with a few coffee shops and restaurants, the price-gouging store, and not much else. The saving grace for my family is that they still have power and water -- for now. I'm not sure where their water supply comes from; there's a boil water order in Black Diamond as their water treatment facility was under water.

    For as much as there are so many people doing so many wonderful things, there are still assholes...the store in Turner Valley is apparently charging $5 for a loaf of bread. And a liquor store in the SE community of Queensland was charging $20 for a bag of ice. That photo has been splashed all over Facebook.

    All the schools in the Foothills School Division (Okotoks, High River, Black Diamond, Turner Valley, etc) have been shut down for the rest of the year because the FSD head offices are in High River and have been completely swamped, including their communications and networking hub. High River is a mess. BD's prenatal care is there, but that won't be happening for awhile now. A report I read earlier said approximately 6000 of the 10,000 people in the town evacuated to neighbouring communities.

    The photos coming out of Calgary are mind-boggling. The well-being of the people is the ultimate priority, but the Calgary Stampede has such a huge economic impact on the city that to not have it will just be adding insult to injury for so many businesses.

    As I was driving north on Hwy 2 after work today, I saw a convoy of Cdn Armed Forces vehicles heading south.

    I live about 45 minutes northwest of Red Deer. The Red Deer River has risen and there is some localized flooding, but nothing even close to what Calgary and south of there (and Canmore) are facing. The rainfall warning for the Kananaskis region (just west of Turner Valley) just ended, so there is still more water in those headwaters that will be coming down.

    If you pray, pray for those in the affected areas. If you don't pray, send good thoughts. There are many folks out there who are going to need it. I can't do a damn thing to help my family, but I did donate to the Canadian Red Cross Alberta Flood Relief effort.

    ETA: Donations have been pouring into the affected communities. The Town of Black Diamond posted on Facebook that they have no more room for donations -- they're hugely grateful for what they have received, but they've filled their local community centre and have nowhere else to put donations.
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    According to Global TV they are expecting 10,000 people to be evacuated in the city of Medicine Hat by 10:00 am tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spazactaz View Post
    I have all my important stuff packed and in my car which is moved to safety. But I'm ok, and pretty sure the worst of it is done for where I am unless the weather goes crazy again.
    Glad to hear you're okay! I was wondering about you.
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    Floods are an unbridled misery. My heartfelt thoughts and wishes for a swift recovery to those battling the Alberta high waters.

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    Saw some footage of the floods on TV. It looked scary. I love Calgary, and I will always remember my visit there in 2006. I hope they can recover from this disaster. I am wondering if the cause may be somehow related to ecological issues because of the sand oil they have been producing there? I used to know a couple that lived in Calgary when I visited there, but I know there are not there at the moment. I hope all the fsuers are safe.

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    The oil sands aren't anywhere near Calgary, they are in the far northern part of the province. This was caused by a combination of heavy rain and spring run off in the Rockies. The rain caused the snow in the mountains to melt rapidly creating flash flooding. Southern Alberta has always had problems with flooding in the late spring - but this time it's worse because it was combined with a heavy rainfall - it's a once in every 100 years type of natural disaster.

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    Finally heard from our daughter late last night, she did make it into work and she is still in downtown Calgary, she works at the Delta Bow. They have emergency generators and the hotel itself isn't flooded, but it must be lapping at the doors from the pictures. She said it was a wild and crazy day at work as most people couldn't make it in. She'll know this morning if they can make it out of the hotel. My sil and her husband live in Medicine Hat, we'll see how that goes.

    What a tragedy. My heart goes out to all the people affected by this.

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    Inside the Saddledome...

    The oilsands have nothing to do with the weather, and Fort MacMurray is probably an 8-10 hour drive north of Calgary.

    The City of Calgary said (according to the Calgary Herald) that the downtown evacuation will likely last several days.
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    More photos...

    The view from the air...

    The cause of the storm...
    A massive high pressure system held in place by a loop in the jet stream is what’s behind both the Calgary floods and balmy temperatures in the Yukon.

    “It doesn’t let systems through,” said Chris Scott, chief meteorologist at the Weather Network. He watched as what would otherwise be just a simple spring storm got stuck west of Calgary.

    The weather system came over the mountains from the Pacific. As it spun and stalled over the foothills, it pulled in moisture from Saskatchewan, the United States and the Gulf of Mexico. Starting Wednesday around suppertime, it poured for 15 to 18 hours straight across most of southwest Alberta.
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    That looks like what they were showing on the Global Calgary website yesterday. Just incredible...
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    So sorry for this horrible flooding situation. Glad you and your family are safe, Really!!! Positive thoughts are will all Albertans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Really View Post
    For as much as there are so many people doing so many wonderful things, there are still assholes...the store in Turner Valley is apparently charging $5 for a loaf of bread. And a liquor store in the SE community of Queensland was charging $20 for a bag of ice. That photo has been splashed all over Facebook.
    That used to happen in Florida before/during/after hurricanes. Hotels/petrol/food staples/ice/water -all were priced sky high. The legislature passed a law that severely punishes businesses for price gouging during emergencies so it's not a big problem anymore .
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    Quote Originally Posted by AragornElessar View Post

    I'm going to assume there's going to be a huge need for clothing, as well as other needs, so knowing our church I've already dug out my hat, gloves, mitts, socks and Teddy Bear crochet and knitting patterns that that come together really fast. Anyone else who does the same should be getting busy this weekend. Even though it's Summer now, many have lost everything, so it wouldn't be a bad thing to also make things for Winter too. Regardless, they'll need everything and anything.
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    It's a lovely thought, but double check before you send anything. All of the communities, including the City of Calgary, are asking people to NOT send donations, as they don't have the capacity to accept them. If you, or anyone else, would like to help, they're asking for monetary donations to the Red Cross.

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    Daughter just posted that the road out of Turner Valley at Three Point Creek is "use at your own risk" -- the water levels have been varying across the road, and people with larger vehicles have been getting through.
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    Flooding rivers in Canadian city of Calgary recede, some evacuees allowed back to their homes: http://apne.ws/14eBtYi -SS

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    Another photo inside the Saddledome...

    https://touch.facebook.com/#!/photo....user=544791424

    I'll fix that link when I get home.
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