Saddledome, Stampede grounds hit by flooding in Alberta Staff with files

6/21/2013 2:28:55 PM

Scotiabank Saddledome and the Stampede grounds are among the many areas that have been hit by severe flooding as Alberta's provincial government has called on the residents of Calgary's flood-hit regions to head to higher ground.

According to several reports, the water is up to the 10th row of seats in the NHL arena while the dressing rooms are completely submerged and the Jumbotron and other equipment resting on the arena floor has been ruined.

Canadian Forces are deploying 1,200 troops to help in the worst-hit areas of Alberta, and as roughly 100,000 people were set for evacuation in Calgary alone.

"When that is asked, people really must leave, although it is an extremely difficult thing to do," said Alberta Premier Alison Redford, calling the flooding an "absolutely tragic situation."

Across southern Alberta, more than a dozen towns have declared states of emergency and some entire communities were under mandatory evacuation orders.

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi said the Bow River "looks like an ocean at the moment" but said it appears to have reached a plateau, and is expected to remain steady at a flow rate of about 1,500 cubic metres per second for the next 12 hours.

Environment Canada has issued a rainfall warning for parts of southern Alberta, forecasting up to 100 millimetres of rain in the next two days.

McMahon Stadium, located away from the flooded areas in Calgary, has not been affected.

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