Flooding & Mandatory Evacuations
June 20, 2013
Update: Class Cancellations for June 21
June 21, 2013

Class Cancellations for June 21

We apologize for any inconvenience that the cancellation of our Hot Flow at 6:15am this morning might have caused

We have cancelled classes for 9:30 am and 12:10pm today as the Hillsboro Tower has been shut down and has no power. We will keep you posted with updates as they happen. Please make sure to check back regularly.

For more updates from the City of Calgary, advisories can be found online at any of the below resources:

Calgary City News
Newsroom Calgary

Please find information from CalgaryCityNews.com below

State of Local Emergency Information

Due to the volume of information and requests, we are unable to respond to questions and comments posted on this blog. If you require immediate assistance regarding the flood situation please contact 3-1-1 or if an emergency, 9-1-1.

Road Closure Information
Evacuation information/maps/reception centres

7:29 a.m., June 21, 2013 ENMAX power outages

Power has been shut off in evacuated communities for the safety of citizens and first responders. However, Enmax is unable to isolate portions of the power grid by community and as a result Calgarians living in neighbourhoods bordering evacuated communities may also be experiencing power outages. Enmax asks for the patience of all Calgarians currently experiencing power outages.

6:29 a.m., June 21, 2013 State of Local Emergency – Update

The City of Calgary remains in a state of local emergency due to significant flooding. The Elbow River downstream of the Glenmore dam is expected to crest early this morning. As flows stand now, it is anticipated Bow River water levels will stay steady. Water levels in both rivers are expected to remain extremely high for several days.

All Calgary Board of Education and Calgary Separate School Board schools are closed. There is no access through the downtown core via transit or c-train. Numerous downtown buildings have been closed including The City’s Municipal Complex, Public Building and Andrew Davison Building. All Calgarians are asked to refrain from non-essential travel.

Numerous roads and river bridges are closed including:

 Road closures

  • 17 Ave – Deerfoot:  NB to WB ramp
  • Glenmore – Deerfoot:  NB to EB ramp
  • SB Macleod Tr (Patterson)
  • NB Macleod Tr (Victoria)
  • 9 AV and 7 St SE, just north of MacDonald AV SE
  • NB Crowchild Tr at Bow TR is closed and southbound Crowchild Tr, north of Kensington also closed due to the intersection of Kensington and Crowchild being flooded
  • SB Macleod Tr at 10 AV
  • SB Macleod Tr at 9 AV
  • Heritage Dr from Heritage Meadows Rd to Glenmore Tr SE
  • WB Glenmore Tr ramp to N&S Deerfoot Tr
  • 4 St north of 26 Avenue/Elbow Drive
  • 5 St at 26 Avenue
  • 26 Avenue between 4 & 5 Streets SW
  • Elbow Drive from 26 Avenue/4 Street to 32 Avenue
  • EB Memorial Drive ramp to St. Georges Drive
  • No access to Memorial Drive from the Zoo Island.  St. Patrick’s/St. George’s/Zoo Island access to south shore only.
  • EB Memorial Drive NW from 10 St to Edmonton Trail (west intersection)
  • WB Memorial Drive NE from Edmonton Trail (west intersection) to 10 St
  • Crowchild Trail ramps to Memorial Drive EB

Bridges over the Elbow River

  • 4 St SW
  • 25 Ave SW
  • SB Macleod Tr (Patterson)
  • NB Macleod Tr (Victoria)
  • Macdonald Avenue
  • 9 Avenue SE/Inglewood

Bridges over the Bow River

  • Baines Bridge at the zoo
  • St. Georges Bridge
  • 17 Avenue SE
  • 16 Ave, west of Home Rd
  • Shouldice bridge (Bowness Rd)
  • 85 Street NW bridge
  • Centre St underdeck
  • Langevin (Edmonton Tr)
  • Crowchild Tr over Bow Tr
  • 4 Ave flyover
  • CN bridge/Calf Robe

Mandatory evacuations are currently in place for portions of the following communities:

Chinatown/Eau Claire
Cliff Bungalow
Deer Run
Discovery Ridge
Downtown/East Village
Elbow Park
Quarry Park
Stanley Park/Elboya
Victoria Park
Westmount/West Hillhurst
Windsor Park

To ensure the safety of citizens and first responders, gas and power is shut off to evacuated areas once they have been deemed cleared. Notification to all mandated evacuated areas has been completed. Any residents remaining in these areas are asked to self evacuate immediately.

Evacuees who cannot arrange for alternate accommodation can be supported with food, shelter, bedding and other essential services at one of the following reception centres:

  • Village Square Leisure Centre, 2623 56 Street NE
  • South Fish Creek Recreation Centre, 333 Shawville Blvd SE (please access through west doors)

The Southland Leisure Centre and Acadia Recreation Complex reception centres are at capacity.

Centre Street Church, 3900 – 2 Street, NE remains open as a day resource centre.

People can take their pets to the Animal Service Centre, 2201 Portland St. S.E. or The Calgary Humane Society, 4455 110th Ave SE, if they cannot arrange accommodation for them.

Emergency Response

The City is asking all citizens to help the authorities who are responding to this emergency by observing these restrictions:

  • Do not drive to or near affected areas unless you are involved in the emergency response. Extra traffic will prevent the authorities from responding quickly. Pedestrians are asked to stay off all bridges.
  • Do not use the phone unless you are requesting help or reporting an important event.
  • Unnecessary phone calls could overload the telephone system and limit the authorities’ ability to communicate.

Call 311 only for flood related calls. Call 911 in case of emergency.

Please visit Calgary.ca for current information.


3:45 a.m., June 21, 2013 Road/bridge Closure Information

NEW Bridge closures
Macdonald Bridge, MacDonald  AV – closure being arranged (Maintenance)
9 Avenue Bridge, 9 AV SE/Inglewood – water reaching bridge – arranging for closure (Maintenance)
17 Avenue SE – water hitting bridge (Carmacks being notified & Detours to close – details to follow)

NEW Detours/Road closures
SB Macleod TR at 17 AV is flooded – SB Macleod will be closed at 12 AV

Bridge closures status
** All bridges on the Elbow River under review for possible closure
** All pedestrian bridges on the Elbow and Bow Rivers – being reviewed by Maintenance / to be closed 
16 Avenue NW, between Sarcee and Home RD (over Bow River)  – closed
Baines Bridge (at the zoo)  – closed
Centre St bridge under-deck  – closed
Pedestrian deck under LRT bridge to Sunnyside  – closed
4th AV Flyover – closed
Old Langevin Bridge  – closed
Shouldice Bridge – closed
85 ST Bridge, between 48 AV NW and Bearspaw Dam RD NW – closed
Patterson Bridge, Macleod TR – north of 25 AV – closed
Victoria Bridge, Macleod TR – north of 25 AV – closed

Detours/Road closures
SB Macleod Tr (Patterson) – water hitting underside of bridge (flooding on Macleod Tr south of bridge – Detours closing road)
NB Macleod Tr (Victoria) – water on bridge (Detours closing road)
9 AV and 7 ST SE, just north of MacDonald AV SE – closed

Glendeer area
Heritage DR from Heritage Meadows RD to Glenmore TR SE – closed
WB Glenmore TR ramp to N&S Deerfoot TR – closed

Elbow River
4 St north of 26 Avenue/Elbow Drive – closed
5 St at 26 Avenue – closed
26 Avenue between 4 & 5 Streets SW – closed
Elbow Drive from 26 Avenue/4 Street to 32 Avenue – closed

Memorial Drive/Zoo
EB Memorial Drive ramp to St. Georges Drive – closed
No access to Memorial Drive from the Zoo island.  St. Patrick’s/St. George’s/Zoo island access to south shore only.
EB Memorial Drive NW from 10 St to Edmonton Trail (west intersection) – closed
WB Memorial Drive NE from Edmonton Trail (west intersection) to 10 St – closed
Crowchild Trail ramps to Memorial Drive EB – closed

Emergency evacuations are underway in the communities of Mission, Elbow Park, Stanley Park, Roxboro, Rideau and Discovery Ridge, Cliff Bungalow, Victoria Park, Inglewood, Stampede Park, Erlton, Bowness, Sunnyside, Westmount, Montgomery, Bonnybrook, Riverbend and Quarry Park.  These communities are closed to all through and local traffic.  Egress only is permitted on all routes out of these communities.  Detours crews are working with CPS to complete the evacuations.

M&R monitoring areas of known slope instabilities

3:25 a.m., June 21, 2013 Evacuation information
Chapparal Valley – NOT evacuated

1:15 a.m., June 21, 2013 Red Cross contact information
If you are concerned that family members have been evacuated and you are unable to reach them, please contact the Red Cross in Calgary at:

1:10 a.m., June 21, 2013 List of City building closures

  • Alberta Trade Centre (315 10 Avenue SE)
  • EMS#3 (1807 Macleod Trail SE)
  • Cliff Bungalow  (2105 Cliff Street SW)
  • Fire Hall #1 (450 – 1 Street SE)
  • Community & Neighbourhood Services – Bowness (5000 Bowness Road NW)
  • Victoria Park Garage (1075 – 7 Street SE)
  • Municipal Complex (800 Macleod Trail S)
  • Calgary Public Building (205 – 8 Avenue SE)
  • Andrew Davison Building (133 – 6 Avenue SE)

12:50 a.m., June 21, 2013 CTrain Service Disruption Due to Flooding

Due to rising water and flooding risk, Calgary Transit CTrain service is being limited to those areas not impacted by potential flooding, effective immediately.

In the south, CTrain service will run between Somerset and Heritage stations.

In the northwest, train service will operate between Crowfoot and SAIT stations.

On the west line CTrain service will operate between Kerby Station and 69 Street Station.

In the northeast the CTrain service will run between Franklin Station to Saddletowne Station.
CTrains will operate in both directions between the identified stations.

Service will be augmented by shuttle buses where possible.

These safety measures are being taken to eliminate risk to citizens by operating trains through areas where there is imminent flooding in tunnels and at switches in the inner city.

Calgary Transit apologizes for the inconvenience and thanks you for your understanding.