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  •  There has been much sharing going on here (6+ / 0-)

    The city opened a number of emergency shelters to take care of the evacuated. At times the shelters have been filled, but officials also figured out that many, many people were finding shelter with relatives, friends, and even total strangers who opened their homes.

    This afternoon, the mayor in an interview remarked that his own father had moved in with him after being evacuated, and his father brought along several others who the mayor didn't know...he joked that his house was becoming one big party.

    We didn't see many reports of looting. The interviewer brought up with the mayor that there was some looting, but the mayor responded that much of that was social media hoopla, and had already been debunked.

    Still, there was a famous photo that went the rounds, of a convenience store attempting to cash in selling bags of ice for $20. I think they were found out and roundly criticized.

    I guess as a whole Canadians are pretty well behaved.

    "Please proceed, Governor" -- you know who, and when

    by lotac on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 08:50:52 PM PDT

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    •  I suspect looters were stymied (3+ / 0-)
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      by the lack of cashiers. I kid.

      Seriously, I'm really sad that Calgary and other locations in Canada are having to deal with this.

      •  We are holding our breath for Medicine Hat (3+ / 0-)
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        As mentoned above, the flood waters are headed that direction. The 10,000 evacuated apparently represents 1/6 of the population.

        "Please proceed, Governor" -- you know who, and when

        by lotac on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 09:01:55 PM PDT

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        •  That's an alarming number (2+ / 0-)
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          in a populated area with darkness having fallen. I'll say a little prayer and that isn't a frivolous thing for me to do.

          •  Evening update from the Calgary Herald (2+ / 0-)
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            It's gonna be bad.

            MEDICINE HAT — As the waters of the South Saskatchewan slowly crept higher Saturday, residents of Medicine Hat tried to prepare for what some say could be the worst flood the small city has ever seen.

            While the river level has been rising slower than officials here first expected, the city is still on high alert. Residents here have been told to prepare for flows of 6,000 cubic metres per second by early Monday morning. During the record-setting flood of 1995, the flow on the South Saskatchewan River never exceeded 5,500 cubic metres per second.

            “This one here is really serious. We’re going to set a new hundred-year record,” said Pat Knight, who along with a crew of volunteers was busily sandbagging his home in the neighbourhood of Riverside.

            Read more: http://www.calgaryherald.com/...

            "Please proceed, Governor" -- you know who, and when

            by lotac on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 09:12:10 PM PDT

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            •  How does that compare to Calgary? (1+ / 0-)
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              lotac

              I saw one bit of info that the flow in Calgary was 1500 cubic meters--which is, obviously, a whole lot less than 5,500, much less 6,000.

              Was the Calgary flow actually higher than 1500?

              If what we have is 1500, then 6000 is a whopping great amount of water.

              •  I don't remember the numbers now (0+ / 0-)

                as it's all been a bit of a blur. But I think the water flow was much higher in Calgary than 1500; that sounds low.

                "Please proceed, Governor" -- you know who, and when

                by lotac on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 10:34:03 PM PDT

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              •  Calgary flow numbers... (1+ / 0-)
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                lotac

                ... were about 700 cubic m/minute for the Elbow at its peak, about 1600-1700 cubic m/minute for the Bow at its peak, and about 2300 cubic m/minute downstream of the confluence of the two rivers, near Fort Calgary.

                There be no shelter, here. The front line is everywhere.

                by Wisewood on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 11:29:44 PM PDT

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        •  Medicine Hat (1+ / 0-)
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          I agree.

          I don't know a thing about Medicine Hat, but it is a lot smaller, and I imagine it has fewer experts and resources in the crisis management area for flooding than a city like Calgary has.

          But they've been through floods before, so I hope that things go well for them in getting through this crisis.

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