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    To All Riders In Calgary Alberta

    Sincerely hope you've managed to keep your bikes (and family members) safe and dry.

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    +1 on that! Over 75,000 people evacuated and the downtown core of Alberta's largest city flooded. Good wishes go out to the people of Calgary and hopes for a speedy recovery.
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    Indeed!

    Best regards to Calgary. I used to truck wine grapes from California to there long ago. Enjoyed Calgary. What the heck happened up there with rainfall???? Is this a 100 year thing, or what? Did y'all have record snows to the West this year? Anyhow, good luck to all there. We are BONE dry here, NO snows this year, BAD. Randy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BC1100S View Post
    Sincerely hope you've managed to keep your bikes (and family members) safe and dry.
    +1.
    Hoping to visit there after the National.
    Ride Safe, Ride Lots

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    My house is well out of the affected areas and so we and all our possessions are fine. Many people have suffered a lot of damage, some have not yet been able to return home to assess the extent.

    The situation started last Thursday with a massive weather system that stalled over the area and pushed moist air up against the mountains from the east. that caused heavy rain to fall over the entire region, as much as 200mm (8") in some locations. Coupled with the still melting snow pack, it all came roaring down the river systems into the lower areas. Calgary has two main rivers, the Bow and the smaller Elbow which meet just at the edge of our downtown (and the original location of Fort Calgary). Both of those rivers reached water flows in excess of anything ever recorded causing them both to crest their banks. Several other communities were flooded as well and remain evacuated. The extent of the flooding is widespread, covering much of southern Alberta along all the rivers and streams. Calgary evacuated over 100,000 people from affected areas.

    Currently, some areas have been cleared for people to return into to start cleaning up. The damage will be in the billions of dollars. Much of the affected areas were without power, some still are. Several roads and highways are washed out, including the Trans Canada in a couple of locations. Most of these washouts occurred at bridges, so repairs will take time. Some roads within the city are still closed as is our C-train transit system in some locations. Anyone planning travel through here would be wise to check for current road closures and such as your route may be affected. The scenic Hwy 40 through Kananaskis is closed with a major section completely washed out.

    The good news, people are doing everything they can to help out, thousands of volunteers have stepped up to aid those affected. I'm waiting on assignment presently. And the Stampede, which is set to kick off in less than two weeks is planning to go ahead despite the fact that the entire grounds were heavily flooded. After all this, we need the party.

    Local news site with lots of photos: http://calgary.ctvnews.ca/photo-gall...2013-1.1335965
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    Good report;

    Keep the faith. Weather has been kind a weird this year. We've had F5 Tornadoes down here, you get the FLOOD. Wild times. Hope Canada steps up, gets y'all back in fine fashion soon. Your military step up in times like this??? Sure good exercises for them to see how good they are. Some of our best resources are in our service members, IF the gov't allows them in there. Build emergency bridges and the like, very quick. Our "Corps of Engineers" down here is our saving grace in many of the same situations. Good luck. Randy

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    Its global warming ,just listen to Al Gore or Mr Obama!!
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    Newscast just said $1B pledged by Alberta Gvt, and maybe 10 years to recover.

    Back in 1954, hurricane Hazel flooded folks in Toronto and some died. It triggered a good effort to set up conservation areas to control flooding on the many rivers going through the city.

    I hope this happens in Calgary. If it is possible...

    In any case, I too hope Calgarians get the help they need.
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    Yes, our military was and still is involved as were all of us in the local emergency services.

    Much work was done in the past few years to mitigate flooding and control erosion after previous events that by comparison, were way less severe. This event was so massive, it's unlikely any human measures could have prevented or contained it. The river flow volumes were more than three times those of previous floods events. This was labeled as a one in a hundred year flood, but that's what they said last time which was only eight years ago. So, either were safe for a couple hundred years or the world is changing and more volatile and unpredictable.
    Ed Miller, Calgary, AB
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