Saturday, 22 June 2013

Canada floods: Three Feared Dead as waters threaten Calgary

source: BBC news
At least three people have been killed and more than a 100,000 forced to flee their homes as floods triggered by torrential rain hit western Canada.
Officials have ordered the evacuation of the centre of Calgary, Alberta, after both rivers that flow through it, the Bow and Elbow, overflowed.
The floods have washed away roads and bridges, cut-off electricity and submerged hundreds of homes.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper toured flood-damaged areas on Friday. He has promised federal assistance for those affected.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police Sgt Patricia Neely confirmed that three people were dead and two bodies had been recovered.
She said the bodies recovered are of two men found in the Highwood River near High River, about 40 miles (64km) south of Calgary, on Thursday.
"This is incredible," said Mr Harper, a Calgary resident. "I don't think any of us have seen anything like this before. The magnitude is just extraordinary."
Alberta Premier Alison Redford warned residents should be prepared for more flooding downstream.
Communities further south were under total evacuation orders. Roughly half the homes in High River were flooded.
The flooding has forced the evacuation of the whole of central Calgary
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Kevan Yaets, centre, and his cat Momo survived after escaping his submerged truck in High River, Alberta, on Thursday
The Bow River's waters rose, along with the Elbow River's, washing away roads and bridges
Flood waters surround the hospital in Canmore, Alberta
Residents leave the Calgary's flooding downtown  

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