James Protz | Calgary Flood July 21, 2013

Calgary Flood July 21, 2013

June 21, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

The last two days have been surreal and a bit apocalyptic.  Most of Southern Alberta has been hit by flooding over these last two days, and Calgary is no exception.  The City has asked people to avoid the downtown area, which is someplace that I frequently go to play with my cameras.  So today instead I went into Mt Royal.  The sights were incredible.

Looking south from the hill in Mt Royal.  The streets are completely submerged.

This hill that we are looking down from is probably one of the few safe vantage points to see the damage.


I really hope that all of these people got out ok. 

I have walked through these streets before, they are a fair distance from the river. I would never have thought that I would ever see this sort of thing. Whether your home is a small apartment or a million dollar mansion, I don't ever want to see anyone losing their home. Ever.

As I took these pictures, I could hear sirens constantly off in the distance.  And they never stopped.


There were a few of us on the hill in Mt Royal, looking down at the flooding. Pretty much all of us were just stunned by what we were seeing. This sort of thing happens only in far away places...well, today we were that 'far away place'.

Everywhere I look while I took these shots, there was water everywhere down the hill. Elbow drive is submerged completely. And I heard sirens constantly, it was surreal. I am one of the lucky ones in that I live on the 6th floor of a condo building so I am dry and safe. Sadly, not the case with these people.


Friday evening on 17th Avenue SW.  Usually on a Friday night, this street is packed with party-goers.  This evening though, this street was pretty much deserted.  There were a few people in the coffee shops that were still opened, but most other businesses in the area were closed.  Normally I would have expected to hear all sorts of traffic noise that normally gets filtered out when one goes walking around this area.  Tonight though?  Silence.  It was eerie, and very unlike anything that I'm used to from living in the downtown area. 


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