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06-20-2013, 07:29 PM
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Flames fan coming in peace. I dunno how it is in the city of Edmonton but down here in Calgary, we've already got 6 communities evacuated because of mass flooding and the reservoir is expected to overflow later tonight.

Hopefully you guys aren't experiencing this ridiculousness. If you are, best of luck! And best wishes to the people in High River, Turner Valley, Canmore, etc.
The Glenmore reservoir?

Wow, that'd be something to see. I worked at that treatment plant for a couple years, always wondered what would happen if the pumphouse flooded.

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Flames fan coming in peace. I dunno how it is in the city of Edmonton but down here in Calgary, we've already got 6 communities evacuated because of mass flooding and the reservoir is expected to overflow later tonight.

Hopefully you guys aren't experiencing this ridiculousness. If you are, best of luck! And best wishes to the people in High River, Turner Valley, Canmore, etc.
We;re very fortunate to have a well established river basin as the North Saskatchewan has very high banks. The only spots in river valley that would get flooding are the floodplanes and areas where the river has abandoned past loops that are now neighborhoods like Rossdale and Riverdale. Other than that were fine, not even basement flooding in other areas and no road closures. Continuous rain but not heavy rain.

All the best wishes, stay safe. The Bow, and Elbow are beautiful rivers but much more prone to flooding. I love your river valley when its dryer.

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The Glenmore reservoir?

Wow, that'd be something to see. I worked at that treatment plant for a couple years, always wondered what would happen if the pumphouse flooded.
Oh my. Wouldn't want to be anywhere near that.

Theres also a large reservoir basically right on top of the town of Canmore. I wonder how that is behaving itself.

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06-20-2013, 08:50 PM
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jk aside that Canmore footage is crazy. Huge mountain melt combined with ample spring rain.
Thats exactly the problem. The rains wasnt that bad. I drove home at the end of the day with dry roads and sun shining (although its darkening up again). But the rain with snow melt has the rivers higher than I've ever seen them.

From CBC - The City of Calgary has issued mandatory evacuation orders for 14 communities after massive flooding in the city and across southern Alberta. The city says up to 100,000 people could be affected by evacuations.

The communities of Mission, Elbow Park, Stanley Park, Roxboro, Rideau, Discovery Ridge, Victoria Park, Erlton, Cliff Bungalow, Sunnyside, Bowness and parts of Inglewood have been or are being evacuated.

Police say the rest of Inglewood, Eau Claire, Chinatown, Downtown and the East Village, Bridgeland, Deer Run and Riverbend are next on the list.

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06-20-2013, 08:51 PM
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The Glenmore reservoir?

Wow, that'd be something to see. I worked at that treatment plant for a couple years, always wondered what would happen if the pumphouse flooded.
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Burrell: Failure of Glenmore Dam is NOT expected. It is designed to spillover but is structurally sound. #yyc #

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170 m3/second of water released all day from Glenmore Dam but 800 m3 coming in. Burrell says it will overtop tonight. #abflood #

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Elbow river.
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Elbow river.
Theres a suspension pedestrian bridge that crosses the elbow. I wonder what that looks like now.

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Here's a little update on what Calgary is experiencing. View of the montgomery/bowness area.


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06-20-2013, 11:31 PM
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Burrell: Failure of Glenmore Dam is NOT expected. It is designed to spillover but is structurally sound. #yyc #

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170 m3/second of water released all day from Glenmore Dam but 800 m3 coming in. Burrell says it will overtop tonight. #abflood #
Thanks Caws.

So basically the dam has a passthrough valve that the city uses to regulate the reservoir level, but eventually it won't be able to keep up. The dam will not be damaged but the low lift pumphouse could be flooded. Which would knock out the water treatment plant until flooding subsides. Gonna need lots of water trucks...

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06-20-2013, 11:32 PM
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Theres a suspension pedestrian bridge that crosses the elbow. I wonder what that looks like now.
Not sure about that bridge, but my brother in law is on the other side of the river from Saddle dome and was told that it would be effected fairly quickly if river crests and gains. East side village ( condo high rise is being evacuated.

Edit: Just informed that water rationing may come into play.

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06-20-2013, 11:50 PM
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Thanks Caws.

So basically the dam has a passthrough valve that the city uses to regulate the reservoir level, but eventually it won't be able to keep up. The dam will not be damaged but the low lift pumphouse could be flooded. Which would knock out the water treatment plant until flooding subsides. Gonna need lots of water trucks...
Yep. I mentioned this eventuality a few pages ago. Southern Alberta foothills are particularly susceptible for flooding for a number of reasons and the water table, wells, and reservoirs and water plants are going to be often contaminated by runoff and overflow under these conditions.
I offered an advised "boil water advisory" hours ago. Even if theres water comiing out of the tap I'd be boiling it before anybody told me I had to in these conditions.

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06-21-2013, 12:10 AM
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As far as I know there is a boiled water advisory in place.
Went and picked up a case of bottled water, going to be drinking a lot of gatorade of the next few days too probably.


And I was really hoping to golf this weekend lol. Luckily so far it sounds like property damage is the biggest concern, it isn't happening so fast that people are in too much danger.

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06-21-2013, 12:15 AM
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Yep. I mentioned this eventuality a few pages ago. Southern Alberta foothills are particularly susceptible for flooding for a number of reasons and the water table, wells, and reservoirs and water plants are going to be often contaminated by runoff and overflow under these conditions.
I offered an advised "boil water advisory" hours ago. Even if theres water comiing out of the tap I'd be boiling it before anybody told me I had to in these conditions.
I should be paying more attention, haha.

Calgary's distribution system should be good for days, but the smaller areas...you're absolutely right. Without specifics, I believe that water truck service to affected areas starts tomorrow.

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06-21-2013, 12:22 AM
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Sounds like downtown may be shut down tomorrow. Prince's Island Park is underwater. My dad who works downtown says he's not going in...

I work in the south and things aren't nearly as bad here...

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Sounds like downtown may be shut down tomorrow. Prince's Island Park is underwater. My dad who works downtown says he's not going in...

I work in the south and things aren't nearly as bad here...
I was just wondering about Princes Island Park. Such a nice place. I'm going to the Calgary Folk Fest in a month. Hopefully no canoes and motorboats on treetops by then..

j/k aside I wonder how much of that wonderful park gets trashed by this extreme flooding.

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06-21-2013, 01:43 AM
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I am caught up in this ****storm too. Left this morning planning on spending the night in Golden, on the way for a week long vacation in Penticton. I drove down 16 ave and found a spot near the Bowness area and made my way down to a walking trail about 8 feet above the crest of the river.

I heard on Ched that Bob Stauffer was stuck in Canmore. The pictures of the flooding there are unbelievable, and I hope everyone stays safe. Looks like a section of the trans Canada is wiped out too.

I think we're going to wake up in the morning and head back north while we still can. Only problem is my kids were expecting sunshine and beaches, not natural disasters.

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06-21-2013, 01:47 AM
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Another view of High River...


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Wild pictures, hopefully there's no loss of life. Any estimates on what the damage will be all told, sure looking like a catastrophe right now.

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Safe to say property damage will likely be in the hundreds of millions if not over a billion.

Just hope no lives are lost in all this.

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I keep checking twitter and the mayor says the worst is yet to come. Should I really be at work...?

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06-21-2013, 09:12 AM
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I'm fortunate enough that I live in high areas of north Cal, so my home and neighborhood are unaffected by any of this. Unfortunately, my work is on high ground too, so I still had to go in!


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Safe to say property damage will likely be in the hundreds of millions if not over a billion.

Just hope no lives are lost in all this.
This ones in the billions, easily, already, if every expense and loss is included. In Calgary alone we have 100K people evacuated from their homes. One of the areas evacuated is downtown Calgary. Consider that related cost and damages. This is a scale that is simply unprecedented. This hasn't occurred to this degree here ever, for any calamity.

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Some of the pictures I'm seeing on twitter are very alarming. Entire streets underwater...

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