Viewing the rising Bow River from the train bridge near our home..

Viewing the rising Bow River from the train bridge near our home..

When I headed home from work yesterday I heard a lot of different things about the flooding around Southern Alberta. One of those things included people saying the flooding is going to be worse than the infamous 100 year flood that happened in 2005. I remember that flood well as I was living in Okotoks at the time and recall how heavily impacted that area was. When I thought about how bad this flooding will be I didn’t really consider Calgary to be in the mix, I know the Elbow River was dangerously high but figured the worst of it was going to be to the neighboring towns in the south and the west of the city as flooding is typical there. High River, Okotoks, Black Diamond, Turner Valley etc. My heart already hurt for my friends in those towns as those areas are where I grew up and I know them well. So when I got to my home in Inglewood I said to Brendan that we should offer up our spare room to anyone who is going to need it. I learnt they were evacuating some communities around the Elbow and thought we could at least provide refuge for some people who needed it. We decided to check out the Bow River around our area which is just south of where the Elbow River dumps into the Bow and were shocked at how quickly the water was rising. The below photos show some of the areas by our home as of 7pm last night (June 20) now a lot of these areas are completely under water.

The Bow River inching closer to the train bridge...

The Bow River inching closer to the train bridge…

Brendan pointing to what used to be a bike path by the train bridge...

Brendan pointing to what used to be a bike path by the train bridge…

Downtown Calgary in the distance..

Downtown Calgary in the distance..

On the train bridge by Pearce Estate Park, the Bow River raging below and continuing to increase in flow..

On the train bridge by Pearce Estate Park, the Bow River raging below and continuing to increase in flow..

Bike path in Pearce Estate Park, where i often take my morning runs completely under water at 7PM last night...

Bike path in Pearce Estate Park, where i often take my morning runs completely under water at 7PM last night…

 

By the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, now the water is picking up..

By the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary… this bank is now gone.

The Bow River just south of the 17 Ave SE/Blackfoot Bridge.. 2 massive trees stood here moments before we got to this bank...

The Bow River just south of the 17 Ave SE/Blackfoot Bridge.. 2 massive trees stood here moments before we got to this bank…

The swollen Elbow River below with Downtown Calgary and the Stampede Grounds. Which are both now underwater. The saddle dome has water inside up to the 14th row...

The swollen Elbow River below with Downtown Calgary and the Stampede Grounds. Which are both now underwater. The saddle dome has water inside up to the 14th row…

Hard to tell, but this is where the Elbow meets the Bow... and this photo is from last night. Much worse conditions now...

Hard to tell, but this is where the Elbow meets the Bow… and this photo is from last night. Much worse conditions now…

When we got home we noticed more cops in our area and I knew what was coming next. We live about 6 blocks from the Bow River in Inglewood. I thought we were far enough from it but I was wrong. At about 9:45pm last night cops came knocking on our door, they gave us yellow police tape and told us to tie it on our door when we left. So they knew no one was home. I asked if we had any other options or if we really needed to leave and they told us it is a mandatory evacuation and we have to leave, they would be back to survey the area later. So I grabbed our essentials and my cats and we headed to my parents house who thankfully live on much higher ground in the north end of the city.

We aren’t sure the current state of our home or the many friends we know who have been evacuated. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone who is effected by this flooding in all areas of Southern Alberta. I am thankful we are safe with our kitties. Stay safe friends.

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