Calgary neighborhoods slowly begin to reopen as the flooding situation improves in the area.
The two rivers that converge on the western Canadian city of Calgary are starting to recede after floods devastated much of southern Alberta province, causing at least three deaths and forcing thousands to evacuate according to Fox News.
The report continues on to say:
“Bruce Burrell, director of the city’s emergency management agency, said Saturday they are seeing improvements in the rivers.
Overflowing rivers on Thursday and Friday washed out roads and bridges, soaked homes and turned streets into waterways around southern Alberta.
Calgary police had been using their Twitter account to help direct the orderly evacuation of the city’s threatened neighborhoods. However, late Thursday, Twitter put the department in so-called Twitter jail for sending too many tweets.
Police have said two bodies have been recovered and third was in an area that made it too dangerous to recover according to Fox News.
“Dan Limacher, director of water services for the city, said the Elbow river is expected to recede by about 60 percent over the next two days, while the larger Bow river will recede by about 25 percent.”
The news of the receding waters brings relief to many, including the mayor of Calgary, Naheed Nenshi:
It’s morning in Calgary! Sunny, water levels are down, and our spirit remains strong. We’re not out of this, but maybe have turned corner.
— Naheed Nenshi (@nenshi) June 22, 2013
“It had been a rainy week throughout much of Alberta, but on Thursday the Bow River Basin was battered with up to four inches (100 millimeters) of rain. Environment Canada’s forecast called for more rain in the area, but in much smaller amounts” according to USA Today.
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