Floods Kill Three, Force Thousands of Calgary Evacuations
Flooding has devastated much of southern Alberta, killing three people and prompting authorities to evacuate the western Canadian city of Calgary’s entire downtown — an estimated 75,000 people.
Inside the city’s hockey arena, the waters reached as high as the 10th row. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper called the flooding “stunning.” Harper, a Calgary resident, said he never imagined there would be a flood of this magnitude in this part of Canada.
Overflowing rivers washed out roads and bridges, soaked homes, knocked out power and turned streets into dirt-brown waterways around southern Alberta.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police Sgt. Patricia Neely told reporters two of the three dead were recovered.
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