Calgary Flooding Forces 75,000 from Homes

Calgary ordered the evacuation of its entire downtown.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Flooding forced the western Canadian city of Calgary to order the evacuation of its entire downtown Friday, as the waters reached the 10th row of the city's hockey arena.

Overflowing rivers washed out roads and bridges, soaked homes and turned streets into dirt-brown waterways around southern Alberta. Police say as many as four people might have died. A spokesman for Canada's defense minister said 1,300 Army soldiers from Edmonton were being deployed to the flood zone.

Twenty-five neighborhoods in the city, with an estimated population of 75,000, have already been evacuated due to floodwaters in Calgary, a city of more than a million people.

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