Calgary mayor to flood evacuees: ‘Gather your valuables and go’

Alberta communities, including Canmore, High River, Bragg Creek, in state of emergency.

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi is urging residents affected by flooding evacuation orders to “gather your valuables and go,” while telling the city as a whole to avoid all non-essential travel on Friday.

“The message tonight is that we are still expecting that the worst has not yet come in terms of the flow,” Nenshi told CBC News early Friday in a telephone interview from an emergency operations centre. “The dams will crest on both the Bow and Elbow river over the course of the next little while and the downstream impacts will be significant.

“If you live in any of the neighbourhoods that have now been affected by the mandatory evacuation it is time to leave. Gather your valuables and go,” said Nenshi, who returned early from an economic development trip in Ontario to deal with the flooding response.

The flooding in parts of southern Alberta has a dozen communities under a state of emergency, and in Calgary evacuations could affect up to 100,000 people.

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