Canadian Geographic - - PARK PROTECTORS -

The su­per flood that washed across the south­ern quar­ter of Al­berta and heaved through down­town Cal­gary, shown here at Stam­pede Park, in June 2013 caused an es­ti­mated $6 bil­lion in dam­ages and dis­placed about 100,000 peo­ple. Wa­ter filled Stam­pede Park’s Sad­dle­dome sta­dium up to the 10th row, more than two dozen towns in the prov­ince de­clared states of emer­gency and four peo­ple died. The spring melt­ing of an ex­cep­tion­ally heavy snow­pack in the Rock­ies soaked south­ern Al­berta’s wa­ter­sheds, while three days of tor­ren­tial rain­fall ex­ac­er­bated the prob­lem. Sea­sonal flood­ing is a nat­u­ral phe­nom­e­non that oc­curs across the coun­try, but chang­ing pre­cip­i­ta­tion pat­terns and ris­ing sea lev­els mean dev­as­tat­ing floods such as this are be­com­ing more com­mon.

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