B. Nelson – Let’s Build (2013 Calgary Flood Tribute) [Video]
Calgary, AB – “Much of Calgary remained soaked by flood water Saturday, but there was some good news — the sun was out, rivers were receding and at least some evacuees were being allowed to return home.”
Calgary artist B. Nelson releases “Let’s Build (2013 Calgary Flood Tribute)” as a tribute to his city and the victims during this trying time. Check it out below and look for more details about the flood after the jump.
Much of Calgary remained soaked by flood water Saturday, but there was some good news — the sun was out, rivers were receding and at least some evacuees were being allowed to return home.
Still, flood officials were warning that nothing would happen quickly and they were urging displaced people to stay away from their neighbourhoods until the city said it was safe.
“Folks, we’ve turned a corner,” said Mayor Naheed Nenshi.
“However, the No. 1 thing that I need to share with all of you is that we’re still in a state of emergency. It’s sunny out, it’s nice out, but we are still in a state of emergency.”
An estimated 75,000 people have been forced from their homes in more than two dozen neighbourhoods along the Bow and Elbow Rivers in the city.
Residents in a section of one of those neighbourhoods — the high ground in Discovery Ridge — have been allowed back.
Officials were hoping to be able to open up portions of six more neighbourhoods that didn’t flood. The names of those neighbourhoods will be posted on the city’s website.
Officials said it would probably be mid-week at the earliest before access to the city’s downtown core is fully restored.
The flood has hit some of the city’s iconic structures hard. The 19,000-seat Saddledome, home to the NHL’s Calgary Flames, was flooded up to the 10th row, while water lapped at the roof of the chuckwagon barns at the grounds of the Calgary Stampede, which is scheduled to start in two weeks.
Nenshi has said the city will do everything it can to make sure that the world-renowned party goes ahead.
The federal Conservatives were to hold their convention in the city next weekend, but announced Saturday that it would be postponed to a later date.
“After being in discussions with various authorities regarding the situation, it became clear that holding the national convention at this time would not be in the best interests of the people of Calgary,” said Conservative Party president John Walsh.
Flows on the smaller Elbow River were expected to decrease by 60 per cent over the next 48 hours. Flows on the larger Bow were forecast to go down by 25 per cent over the same period.
Even with the improvement, Nenshi noted that the flow rates were still higher than the last big flood in Calgary eight years ago.
“Remember that these numbers are still four times higher than they were in the floods of 2005, so we’re still dealing with very, very high numbers,” he said.
While the news was promising in Calgary, communities downstream were bracing for their own crisis.
Water levels were rising in Medicine Hat, while officials with Saskatchewan’s Water Security Agency were preparing for the possibility of an evacuation order for Cumberland House by Monday.
Medicine Hat declared a state of emergency Friday afternoon, saying it was expecting its river to crest Saturday night. Ten thousand residents in low-lying areas were told to get out of their homes by Saturday morning.
“We’re planning for the worst,” Mayor Norm Boucher told the Medicine Hat News.
“We have to make sure that people are safe, and if we can protect some properties we will do that, but water and electricity are so important. People have to live and people will come back … we’ll come through this.”
Lethbridge was also preparing for high waters, but no evacuations were ordered and radio station CJOC reported that a local state of emergency was lifted Saturday morning.
The Alberta government has estimated that roughly 100,000 people have been affected by flooding across the southern part of the province.
High River, southwest of Calgary, was one of the hardest-hit areas.
Mounties confirmed Friday that three bodies had been found in the Highwood River near the community. The bodies of a man and a woman were recovered Friday.
The third body — a woman — was located Friday but couldn’t be recovered. RCMP Insp. Garrett Woolsey says that happened Saturday morning near Turner Valley. It was believed to be the body of a woman who disappeared after her mobile home was swept away on Thursday.
By: Jen Gerson
Source: National Post
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