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Disastrous Floods Hit Calgary, Cause Major Damage in Scotiabank Saddledome

By Jim Flannery -- June 22, 2013 1:47 PM EDT

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A severe, two-day rainstorm in Southern Alberta, coupled with ongoing snow melt from the nearby Rocky Mountains, has led to significant flooding in a number of cities and towns in the province due to the Bow and Elbow Rivers overflowing their banks.

In what is easily the worst natural disaster in the city's history, most of downtown Calgary has been flooded, including the Scotiabank Saddledome.

Indications in the news the suggest that water in the Saddledome has risen to at least the 10th row of seating in the lower bowl.

The basement of the 'Dome houses all the dressing rooms, some concession prep areas, security offices, the media lounge, as well as a number of tech areas, including the control room for the Jumbotron. It is likely that all these areas are destroyed by the flood waters.

Additionally, the Saddledomes' three Zambonis are housed under the stands and are almost certainly a total loss as well.

Although it is too early to assess the damage as the facility remains under water, odds are that the repair and replacement costs could quickly run into the millions.

The Saddledome is home to the NHL's Calgary Flames, the WHL's Calgary Hitmen and the NLL's Calgary Roughnecks.

More than a dozen locations around Alberta have declared a state of emergency, Calgary included, with more rain expected periodically over the weekend. As a result, the Bow River may not have crested yet, which could lead to even more damage in the next day or two.

The city of Calgary was originally established at the confluence of the Bow River and the Elbow River, with the town springing up around the location of a North West Mounted Police fort. The current downtown core is directly west of the fort's location, with the Scotiabank Saddledome situated just to the south of that area, right on the banks of the Elbow.

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Via edmontonjournal.com

Via thescore.com

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