Calgary Flood // Part 1: The Bow

During the early morning hours of June 21, 2013, a beautifully eerie landscape emerges as the city prepares for the eventual overflow of the Bow River’s banks. The strong smell of an unknown gas permeates the air, as the murky waters of the Bow flow at a rate I had never seen before.

Shot between 1:00 and 3:30 am, Friday, June 21, 2013

See more from set on Flickr.


Carol Corps, I am asking for your help. My province is under severe flooding. South Alberta has been in a state of emergency since Thursday, June 20th. People have lost EVERYTHING, and there is a possibility that the rivers will all rise again.

Can I ask for even a TENTH of the support you gave for Boston? It would mean so much to me.

You can make a donation here http://www.redcross.ca/donate/donate-online/donate-to-the-alberta-floods

and where it says donate corporate, we can enter in Carol Corps. Every little bit helps ladies and gentlemen.
Thank you.


Floods in southern Alberta have caused thousands of people (some say close to 100,000) to evacuate from their homes, and four people have been reported dead in High River.

The Saddledome, the home of the Calgary Flames, has been flooded ten rows deep. The venue is also one of the feature buildings for the Calgary Stampede, scheduled to begin July 5. There has been no word on how these events will impact the annual Stampede.

Otherwise, people are saying this may be the worst weather disaster in Canadian history, and that costs to repair extensive damage will be upwards of 1 billion dollars.

What you can do to help:

  • Donate to the Red Cross to help relief efforts for those who have had to leave their homes. You can donate here.
  • If you’re in Alberta looking for evacuated family members, call this number: 1-888-800-6493
  • If you live in the Calgary area, sign up for this Facebook event to help with clean up efforts once the water goes down.
  • If you’re in High River and own a boat you can volunteer, call the RCMP at 403-652-2357
  • Follow the twitter hashtages #yycflood and #abflood for up to date info from citizens, police, and government.

Stay safe, Albertans!

PS - the man and his cat in the last photo and on the Red Cross page, they are fine!

Calgary Flood // Part 2 of series by Jon Pernul 

At dawn, Friday June 21st, the city awakens to debris, sludge and the murky waters of the Elbow River that rapidly advance through low-lying neighbourhoods in the inner city.

Shot between around 5 - 7 am in the morning in downtown Calgary.

I want to thank everyone who responded to my first set in this series: Calgary Flood // Part 1. It’s sad to see what’s happened to this beautiful city. It may not be the same, but we will rebuild and things will eventually get back to normal.

See more from series on Flickr.

Reblog this and show your support even if it doesn’t match your blog. 

For those of you who don’t know, there is a major flood happening right now in Alberta, Canada affecting hundreds of thousands of people. This photo was taken in the town of High River where they are still currently rescuing people. Pray For Calgary as this city is currently shutting down due to the floods.


Photos from inside Scotiabank Saddledome, courtesy of the Calgary Flames official website.

Damage looks extensive. Thousands of seats will need to be ripped out. Media rooms are apparently destroyed, along with the dressing rooms. Zambonis are likely flooded out. Ice making equipment is likely destroyed. Apparently the hub for the jumbotron has also been destroyed

Flames president Ken King claims that the arena will be ready for the start of the season, but I find that highly doubtful. I just can’t see any chance that all the necessary repairs will be done in time for training camp in September. My best guess? Saskatoon will finally get their NHL team, albeit for only the preseason, and maybe part of the first month of the season. The Credit Union Centre is the closest NHL sized building to Calgary, Rexall Place aside (No chance whatsoever that the Flames would ever play a home game in Edmonton). As for the Hitmen and Roughnecks, I could see them playing in Red Deer or Lethbridge for a bit, sharing an arena with the Rebels or Hurricanes, as the WHL season starts earlier than the NHL season. This is all pure speculation on my part, but these repairs will take months.

hey so if you guys could do me a huge favour and donate to the canadian red cross to help recover calgary and the surrounding cities from the flood, it’d really mean a lot to me! we need all the help we can get at this point

if you’re interested in seeing what the damage is, you can look at the the #yyc floods tag on my blog, the #abflood tag on twitter, the cbc calgary website, the global calgary website, or various tags on tumblr

if you have no money to spare for whatever reason, that’s totally fine!! but please signal boost this as much as you can because this is really important uwu

Shot of the Calgary Zoo June 21. Luckily, officials have confirmed that all animals are safe either in higher ground enclosures or in the animal health centre nearby that has not flooded.

Calgary is not used to this kind of devastation. It makes you appreciate how lucky we are normally to not find ourselves in the regular path of hurricanes or tornados. Unfortunately, that also means we weren’t entirely prepared. Thankfully, this is an amazing city in an amazing province that is quickly banding together to keep people safe and to start rebuilding.

All of Southern Alberta is currently underwater and the rain doesn’t really show signs of stopping any time soon. So far my town has been cut off from the highway on either end and on the south side there’s massive flooding onto the Trans-Canada, with houses being torn up. Bragg Creek is apparently even worse and Calgary is also being heavily affected. So, yeah, pretty much the whole of the lower half of AB is swimming. 

At the time being power is fine and there hasn’t been any flooding in my neck of the woods, but I can only assume that the Bow River is reaching capacity as well and it’s not too far off. Mostly I’m concerned for people actually having to deal with flooding, erosion, an landslides. 

As hard as it may be, hope everyone stays safe and dry.