Mayor orders up to 100,000 people evacuated Calgary due to flooding

June 21, 2013 at 9:41 AM   |   Comments

| License Photo
CALGARY, Alberta, June 21 (UPI) -- Calgary, Alberta, Mayor Naheed Nenshi ordered the evacuation of up to 100,000 people Friday after a heavy rainfall caused floods throughout the region.

"The message tonight is that we are still expecting that the worst has not yet come in terms of the flow," Nenshi told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

"The dams will crest on both the Bow and Elbow rivers over the course of the next little while and the downstream impacts will be significant. If you live in any of the neighborhoods that have now been affected by the mandatory evacuation it is time to leave. Gather your valuables and go," he said.

Evacuation orders covered portions of at least 25 Calgary neighborhoods and affected up to 100,000 people, the CBC reported.

All public and Catholic schools in the city were closed Friday, and Nenshi told residents to avoid all non-essential travel.

The Bow and Elbow rivers were expected to crest between midnight and 2 a.m. local time Saturday, the CBC said.

In Canmore and High River in Alberta, thousands of people were ordered to evacuate their homes Thursday.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
Amish girls allegedly lured by captors with puppy
Kamala Harris to appeal court ruling against death penalty
Ahmed Davutoglu nominated as Turkey's new prime minister
Ten years later: Where's 'The Scream'?
Heather Mack, mother, argued in lobby before suitcase murder
Trending News