Rivers receding in Calgary after flooding kills 3

3:06 PM, Jun 22, 2013   |    comments
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CALGARY, Alberta - The two rivers that converge on the western Canadian city of Calgary are starting to recede, after floods devastated much of southern Alberta province, causing at least three deaths.

The flooding forced authorities to evacuate Calgary's entire downtown and hit some of the city's structures hard. The Saddledome, home to the National Hockey League's Calgary Flames, was flooded up to the 10th row, leaving the dressing rooms submerged.

The director of the city's emergency management agency says they are seeing improvements in the rivers today.

The director of water services for the city says the Elbow River is expected to recede by about 60 percent over the next two days, while the larger Bow river will recede by about 25 percent.

But Alberta Premier Alison Redford warns that communities downstream of Calgary have not yet felt the full force of the floodwaters. One of them, Medicine Hat, is under a mandatory evacuation order affecting 10,000 residents.

The Associated Press

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