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Saddledome is under water as Calgary battles floods

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Flooding at the Calgary Saddledome

The home of the Calgary Flames is being badly damaged. (Julie Van Rosendaal via Twitter)

By Allan Muir

UPDATE: Calgary radio station X92.9 is reporting that the flooding from from the Bow and Elbow rivers has now reached the 14th row of the Saddledome with extensive damage to the building.

Meanwhile, Eric Francis, who covers the Flames for the Calgary Sun, confirms what that means:

Francis also reports there are no images available of the damage yet as the area is inaccessible and only one employee is in the building at this time.

Deputy police chief Trevor Daroux has confirmed that the water reached the 10th row this morning. He said the Saddledome flooding “paints a very clear picture of what kinds of volumes of water that we’re dealing with.”

“This is not simply something we can pump out.”

Contacted by the Calgary Herald, Libby Raines, the vice-president of building operations for the Saddledome, could not confirm the varying reports of damage to the arena. “I don’t know if people are just estimating,” she said. “We had someone in there [Friday] morning and we do have a significant amount of water, for sure, but I’m not going to speak to where or what row or whatever.”

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It’s an absolutely staggering image.

With the city of Calgary besieged by water overflowing from the Bow and Elbow rivers, CBC Radio’s Julie Van Rosendaal posted this photo capturing the impact of the flooding in the downtown area. It clearly shows the Saddledome, home of the Calgary Flames and the Western League’s Calgary Hitmen, surrounded by the rising waters.

Eric Francis, tweeted this moments ago:

Fortunately, Flames’ employees were warned to stay at home this morning. The entire downtown core has been evacuated as heavy rain falls and water continues to pour in.

There were talks ongoing about a new arena for the Flames. This event seems likely to have an impact on the debate.

The neighbouring Calgary Stampede is also under water, seemingly putting the July 5 start of the legendary rodeo in jeopardy.

The Flames have yet to issue a statement.

We’ll update the situation when we know more.

  • Published On Jun 21, 2013
  • 5 comments
    Grant1
    Grant1

    Good thing the Flames aren't in the Stanley Cup finals right now....


    fallsdownstairs
    fallsdownstairs

    Move back to Atlanta!  We'd love to have our Flames back.

    GeoffreyHolland
    GeoffreyHolland

    looks like the Flames might be having an extended road trip to start the season.

    JoeCabot
    JoeCabot

    @fallsdownstairs Good luck with that.  You and your fellow Atlanta residents barely support teams in traditional sports even when they are winning.  Now you want a third shot at the NHL?   Good one