Flood cleanup begins in Calgary, emergency orders still in effect

By David Tanner, Land Line associate editor | Monday, June 24, 2013

The Canadian city of Calgary, Alberta, won’t be back to normal for a while, but floodwaters are beginning to retreat. The city of 1.2 million, Canada’s fifth-largest city – famous for the annual Calgary Stampede – was still under a state of emergency on Monday, June 24, due to surging river currents and extensive damage in the downtown area.

Alberta Premier Alison Redford and Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi announced $1 billion in relief that will come in the form of pre-loaded debit cards for displaced residents.

At least three people have died in the floods, according to weekend news reports.

Downstream flooding of the Elbow and Bow rivers continues to affect many areas in southwestern Alberta. The provincial government continues to post emergency alerts for affected areas.

About 10,000 people were ordered to evacuate the city of Medicine Hat on Sunday night. Emergency management officials ordered a Trans-Canada Highway bridge closed there in anticipation of flooding, the Medicine Hat News reported.

Health agencies are warning those returning to their homes in the wake of the flood to take safety precautions as floodwaters carry bacteria and sewage.

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