To understand how unusual this is, you need to know that in all those years, downtown Calgary never closed for snow, let alone rain.
The city is built around two rivers -- the Bow and the Elbow. While the Elbow may have crested, it's not known how long it will be before the waters begin to recede. The Bow, on the other hand, may still be rising. The Mayor on the situation:
There have been mudslides near Banff and Canmore that have cut off Highway 1 -- the TransCanada -- and may be blocked for up to a week!
|Photo Courtesy of "Meanwhile in Alberta" (Facebook)|
|Photo source: The Weather Network|
High River, south of Calgary (site of "Smallville" in the Superman movies starring the late Christopher Reeve) is in real trouble and people (and the hospital) have been evacuated.
|High River - Photo Courtesy of 88.9 Shine FM (Facebook)|
And the news keeps rolling in!
I'm off to start the rest of my day...Montreal-bound (flying out of Edmonton) tomorrow, so meeting my friend who'll be watching the house and the kitties till my return (Wednesday -- it's a short trip)...mumbling prayers continually as I go.