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Old Posted Jul 7, 2013, 7:30 PM
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Calgary is bouncing back

Parts of Alberta were hit with the double whammy of torrential rains combined with rapid snow melt off the Rockies resulting in catastrophic flooding in Canmore, Calgary, and High River and many other towns and cities and First Nations.
This thread isn't only about the flood although I took a few pictures of it.
I feel bad for the thousands of people who have lost everything and apparently flood insurance is not available in Canada. Amazing to see how people pulled together to help the city and area recover. A giant camp is being built in the SE part of the city to house the thousands who have lost everything.
The unhesitating support from Edmonton, Slave Lake, and from across Canada has been gratifying and we are grateful. Even Cambodian orphans raised $900 for Alberta flood relief which is a touching story.

Blackfoot Crossing on the Siksika First Nations. The community was completely flooded and these people have lost their homes and everything in them.


Blackfoot Crossing by LUMIN8, on Flickr



Alberta pyramid by LUMIN8, on Flickr

we watched a helicopter pick up a girl who fell off a cliff at Grassi Lakes near Canmore

helicopter rescue by LUMIN8, on Flickr

Grassi Lakes


headwaters by LUMIN8, on Flickr


The Bonnybrook sewage treatment plant was overwhelmed by flood waters. Calgary has state of the art sewage treatment (compared to most Canadian cities).

Bonnybrook sewage treatment plant by LUMIN8, on Flickr

ENMAX power generation east of Calgary

Shepard Energy Centre by LUMIN8, on Flickr


hotel and casino expansion on the Tsuu T'ina Nation which borders Calgary to the SW.

Tsuu T'ina Hotel and casino by LUMIN8, on Flickr


rainbow 2 by LUMIN8, on Flickr

rainbow sky by LUMIN8, on Flickr


BowBow by LUMIN8, on Flickr

Pho is us. Calgary beats New York City for Vietnamese restaurant listings on Urbanspoon. 200 vs 129


pho by LUMIN8, on Flickr




skyline from Dover by LUMIN8, on Flickr


rainbow cross by LUMIN8, on Flickr


The night of the flood, the power in my building went off about 1 am. It was still off in the morning and the resident manager asked me if I wanted to go have a look from the roof. I wasn't sure how much we would see since we are more than 3 blocks from the Elbow river (on top of a hill). I was just astonished at what I saw.


flood June 21 by LUMIN8, on Flickr


flood 4th St SW by LUMIN8, on Flickr


25 Av & Macleod by LUMIN8, on Flickr


look both ways by LUMIN8, on Flickr

The south leg of the CTrain was heavily damaged and this tunnel was full almost to the top. 2 weeks later and it is back in operation.

CTrain tunnel by LUMIN8, on Flickr


CTrain flood by LUMIN8, on Flickr

dressed for the flood!


guys in kilts by LUMIN8, on Flickr


East Elbow Park by LUMIN8, on Flickr


from a distance it looks ok by LUMIN8, on Flickr

Block after block of total devastation. 13,000 homeless in High River who have nothing left.


Elbow Drive tonight by LUMIN8, on Flickr


MIssion Road temp dump by LUMIN8, on Flickr

Imperial Oil (EXXON) is building a new suburban head office campus in Quarry Park a brownfield development with office, retail, and residential.


IOL June 29 2 by LUMIN8, on Flickr


IOL June 29 by LUMIN8, on Flickr


Jacob head office by LUMIN8, on Flickr

I found these 2 teepees between the 2 towers of Eighth Avenue Place on
9th Avenue.


EAP teepees by LUMIN8, on Flickr

The Bow also has 2 teepees (not real ones) and the Bow diagrid is perfect for that.

Wonderland and teepee by LUMIN8, on Flickr

on a heritage building 7th Ave

The truth by LUMIN8, on Flickr

Because of the flood, the Calgary Stampede grabbed hold of the slogan "come hell or high water", and despite Stampede Park suffering heavy flood damage, the so called "Greatest Outdoor Show On Earth" is going on and tourists are welcome and needed.

Mango Shiva sign by LUMIN8, on Flickr

Alberta Dreams by Jaume Plensa at the Bow
Alberta place names are written across the life size figure. The tree is real.

Alberta Dreams by LUMIN8, on Flickr

new head office for the federal National Energy Board of Canada. This site was to be twin 30 storey condo towers but it flopped in the last boom and became an office/retail building.

Centre 10 by LUMIN8, on Flickr


EAP between east and west towers by LUMIN8, on Flickr


Wonderland at the Bow by LUMIN8, on Flickr


blue light windows by LUMIN8, on Flickr


Bow sideview by LUMIN8, on Flickr

Wonderland by Jaume Plensa at the Bow


Wonderland face view by LUMIN8, on Flickr


Wonderland and teepee 2 by LUMIN8, on Flickr

the statues change colour as one moves around them


CTrain people by LUMIN8, on Flickr


CTrain people yellow by LUMIN8, on Flickr


Calgary Public Building reflection by LUMIN8, on Flickr


convention centre reflection by LUMIN8, on Flickr


looking down 1 St SE by LUMIN8, on Flickr


Sasso Vetro Alura Nuera by LUMIN8, on Flickr


Thanks for having a look!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yoni1_vJPtE
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Old Posted Jul 7, 2013, 7:45 PM
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Thanks for this photothread, Jimby! Very interesting pictures, of course.

Astonishing views of the flooding. I´m sorry about all the people who have lost everything. My condolences for all of them and my wish to recover from this disaster as soon as possible, I´m sure about that. Come on, Calgary!

Congrats for the pictures and greetings from Madrid, Spain!
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Thanks for sharing these photos!
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Nice set and lot's of positive wishes for everyone down there.
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Old Posted Jul 8, 2013, 10:11 PM
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Thanks Danny, Ohio, and Cold for your comments.
Here is a cool time lapse of what the Stampede had to do to get ready:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBSQINVKbRE
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Calgary looks swank
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calgary is very modern looking. its an easy city to overlook with vancouver and toronto shadowing it, but man, it looks really dense and lively. that cbd kicks ass. its got some high transit ridership too. i want to ollie off that bumpy art installation also!
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good set. The photo of the flooding in that big house right on the Elbow is amazing. Crazy high water level.
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Nice series of shots Jimby.
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Well didded Jimby.
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Nice photos. Love those skyline shots.
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Great work as always Jimby
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