Calgary floods claim lives

On Friday June 21, the Calgary Rapid Relief Team sprang into action. Severe flooding had hit the downtown area of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, a large city with a population of over 1 million.

Three weeks of incessant rains, a tremendous downpour in the outlying foothills area and the Rocky Mountains was finally too much. The two waterways that flowed through the city — the Elbow River and the Bow River — finally burst their banks. This created an unstoppable, devastating, miniature tsunami that ripped its way through upper class neighbourhoods, parkades, first floors of office buildings, condominiums, construction sites, and many other areas.

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