Much of Southern Alberta in Canada is under water and at least three people were killed by floodwaters. Calgary's entire downtown was evacuated .
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper who has consistently denied that climate change is something to worry about called the level of flooding “stunning” and said officials don’t know yet if it will get worse, but said the water has peaked and stabilized and noted that the weather has improved.
Bridges and roads were washed away by the raging water.
Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi said the water levels have reached a peak, but have not declined.
“We’ve sat at the same level for many, many hours now,” Nenshi said. “There is one scenario that would it go even higher than this, so you’ll either see the Bow river continue at this level for many hours or you will see it grow even higher and we’re prepared for that eventuality.”
About 1,500 have gone to emergency shelters while the rest have found shelter with family or friends, Nenshi said.
Twenty-five neighborhoods in the city, with an estimated 75,000 residents, were evacuated due to floodwaters in Calgary. Calgary is the center of Canada's oil industry. But we know that there is no such thing as climate justice.
Alberta Premier Alison Redford warned that communities downstream of Calgary had not yet felt the full force of the floodwaters
Schools and court trials were canceled Friday and residents urged to avoid downtown. Transit service in the core was shut down.
Residents were left to wander and wade through streets that were full of water