Flooding, Flooding, Everywhere!

Flooding in India

First there was mass flooding in central Europe, then India, and now… Calgary?

After wreaking havoc in Germany, Hungary, Austria, Switzerland and the Czech Republic the floodwaters in central Europe have dropped and clean up crews are in damage-control mode.

Over in India, things aren’t looking so sunny. The death toll from flooding and landslides following heavy monsoon rains in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand has risen to nearly 600. The state’s Chief Minister, Vijay Bahuguna, said 556 bodies had been seen floating or buried in “slush”, and that the army was working to recover them. Rescuers also found 40 bodies floating down the River Ganges near Haridwar, a Hindu holy city.

34,000 people have been evacuated so far in Uttarakhand and another 50,000 are still stranded in the region. It’s kind of hard to leave when the roads and bridges were washed away by the floods. But the air force has been dropping paratroopers, food, and medicine for people trapped in the  towns and villages that are now cut off and soldiers are working on reopening roads.

And then there’s Calgary. Torrential rains and widespread flooding in southern Alberta have ripped out roads, cut off communities and forced about 100,000 people to evacuate their homes in Calgary. Flooding in CalgaryBut unlike in India, where bodies were found floating down the river, only one person has been reported missing and Calgarians are watching their cars, couches and refrigerators float away.

A Canmore resident described waking up to the rumbling sound of the creek near his house:

“At first it was just intense, pretty powerful, amazing thing to watch. As daylight came, it just got bigger and bigger and wider and wider, and it’s still getting bigger and bigger and wider and wider.

“All you can hear is like boulders and trees. I watched a refrigerator go by, I watched a shed go by, I watched couches go by. It’s insane.”

Better than dead bodies though!

Via: CBC News 

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