Calgary, Alberta, Elbow River And Bow River Floodwaters Force Evacuation Of 75,000 People From Their Homes [PHOTOS]

 @MalikFromLA
on June 21 2013 4:34 PM

Calgary's rising floodwaters forced officials to order the evacuation of the entire downtown area Friday. No deaths have been reported, but many roads and underpasses are inundated, according to the AP.

RTX10WDM A truck sits abandoned and submerged on Memorial Drive after the Bow River flooded in Calgary, Alberta, June 21, 2013.  Reuters / Todd Korol

The Elbow River, one of two rivers that flow through the southern Alberta city, has peaked and officials are bracing for the Bow River to remain flooded through Saturday.

Authorities shut down transit service through downtown and canceled schools. Police urged residents to avoid downtown and said very few people had to be moved out of the downtown area since not many showed up for work Friday.

RTX10WE6 Residents of Chinatown and cars leave the downtown core, as Chinatown residents were on a mandatory evacuation order, in Calgary, Alberta, June 21, 2013.  Reuters / Todd Korol

RTX10WH3 A woman looks at an abandoned and partially submerged police car after flooding from the Bow River hit the neighbourhood of Sunnyside in Calgary, Alberta, June 21, 2013.  Reuters / Todd Korol

At least 25 neighborhoods in other parts of the city had been evacuated the day prior, and officials estimate those numbers totaled about 75,000. On a typical Friday, about 230,000 people work downtown.

Lions and tigers from the Calgary Zoo may need to be transferred to prisoner holding cells at the downtown courthouse.

RTX10WDQ Water creeps from the Bow River up a partially flooded downtown street in Calgary, Alberta, June 21, 2013.  Reuters / Todd Korol

RTX10WEA Sunnyside residents check out the flooding on Memorial Drive from the rising waters of Bow River in Calgary, Alberta, June 21, 2013.  Reuters / Todd Korol

RTX10WAI Alberta Premier Alison Redford gets in her truck, before her tour to flooded areas in southern Alberta, in Calgary, Alberta, June 21, 2013.  Reuters / Todd Korol

Alberta Premier Alison Redford promised the province will help flood victims and provide financial aid to communities that need to rebuild.

Mayor Naheed Nenshi said the flooding situation is as under control as it can be for now. He added that about 1,500 people have gone to emergency shelters while the remainder have found shelter with family or friends.

RTX10VP5 Mike Bradfield and Debra evacuate their home in the neighborhood of Sunnyside in Calgary, Alberta, June 20, 2013.  Reuters / Todd Korol

It had been a rainy week throughout much of Alberta, but on Thursday the Bow River Basin was battered with up to 4 inches of rain.

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