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Calgary Flood Recovery Update For Locals and Travellers

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photo by Erin Legere, Where Calgary

To all those affected by flooding in Calgary and southern Alberta, Where Calgary extends sincere condolences and our best wishes in the coming days and weeks. Where will post updated information on volunteer efforts, re-openings and access issues as the week progresses. Enmax has restored power to all affected areas.

While parts of downtown are open, the city urges limited driving and travel to the downtown core. Several roads and bridges have been damaged and there is much scattered debris. Click here for a list of closed roads and bridges. As cleanup continues, some portions of the inner city are operating normally. Click here for closures, detours and restrictions.

We encourage locals and travellers to help out where they can and to be cautious of travel in Southern Alberta while the relief efforts are proceeding, as many venues, services, and attractions have been closed.

TRAVEL IN CALGARY AND AREA
If you’re travelling to Alberta, be sure to check Environment Alberta for weather updates and advisories, as well as AMA Road Reports for Alberta for road closures and reports. Visit the City of Calgary for the most up-to-date information of venue and road closures.

Calgary Transit has restored service on the Blue Line and Red Line, click here for information on flood related detours, shuttle buses and schedules. To see images of how the CTrain tracks were affected by flooding as well as images of how they were restored, click here. For further information, contact the Calgary Transit call centre, 403-262-1000.

THE SHOW MUST GO ON
Untouched by flooding, TELUS Spark science centre is open, and regular hours are in effect. While the Calgary Zoo remains closed until July 31, zoo members will be offered a 50 per cent discount on TELUS Spark admission. As Memorial Drive remains closed, the science centre suggests the following detour: to access the facility from the north, take Eighth Avenue NE and turn south down the gravel road to St. George’s Drive:

Official word has been given that the Calgary Stampede will proceed as scheduled on July 5 to 14. Staff members have today begun the big cleanup job at Stampede Park. And word has it that the Stampede organization may hold a benefit concert for flood victims.

[RELATED: Discover The Calgary Stampede]

Though most of Sled Island Arts and Music Festival was cancelled due to flooding, event organizers are currently working on a refund policy, click here for updates on refunds, festival fundraisers and shows. Programming at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium will continue unaffected including 25th anniversary production of Les Misérables. Ticket holders affected by the flood may exchange their tickets for seating later in the 16-show run. Simply contact your original ticket venue.

Theatre Calgary and Mount Royal University’s annual Shakespeare In The Park, has relocated from Prince’s Island Park to Mount Royal University’s outdoor amphitheatre, while clean-up continues in the park. Dates for the performances have been moved to July 4 until August 10. 

The 20th annual Big Rock Eddies (Big Rock Brewery’s novice advertising competition and award show) has been postponed until later in the fall. The event was to be held at the EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts, which due to flooding has been without power. Ticket holders have three options: they may have their ticket honoured at a rescheduled date, they may offer up the amount of the ticket as a donation to the Red Cross, or receive a full refund. Click here for options. The EPCOR CENTRE box office will be contacting ticket holders once access to the centre is deemed safe. Ticket holders for Jeannette Walls are able to donate their refund to the Red Cross flood relief fund, click here for details. 

POST-FLOOD RESOURCES
A number of online resources are available for those affected by flooding as well as those wishing to support cleanup efforts.

• The Calgary City News Blog

• Visit the following Twitter feeds (you do not need a Twitter account to access these feeds and they provide direct updates): @nenshi,  @calgarypolice@calgarytransit

• YYC Helps volunteer coordinators (follow #yychelps on Twitter for opportunities as updated)

• Calgary Transit updates

• Monetary donations can be made to the Canadian Red Cross

• Further relief donation efforts include Place2Give Southern Alberta Emergency Relief, Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter, Siksika Nation and Bad Portraits’ Scuba Nenshi Flood Relief

• For lost pets, look to YYC Pet Recovery and Calgary Flood Lost/Found Pets & Fostering and for pet supplies, visit Calgary Humane Society

• To adopt or foster a rescued animal, or to donate pet food and supplies, visit Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society 

 

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