Tuesday marks 5 year anniversary of June 2013 Alberta floods

By The Canadian Press
June 19, 2018 - 8:49am Updated: June 19, 2018 - 4:41pm

CALGARY- The start of the 2013 floods began was five years today and would eventually effect a large area of southern Alberta, including Calgary.

Another hard hit community was High River.

The flood forced the evacuation of nearly 100,000 people, left communities in disarray and killed at least five people.

More than 250 mm of rain fell over a 36 hour period in the foothills west and southwest of Calgary and began rapidly flowing east through the province's river valleys bringing destruction across southern Alberta.

It became the largest river flood damage event ever experienced in Canada.

Insured damages exceeded $1.7 billion and the total economic damage was approximately $6 billion.

Some groups, including the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, are still calling for more action to be taken to protect against future disasters.

(The Canadian Press)

 

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