June 20, 2014 1:07 pm
Updated: June 20, 2014 5:32 pm

20 compelling images of Calgary during the 2013 flood


Here’s a look “by the numbers” at the impact of the 2013 flood on Calgary:

26 – The number of communities placed under a mandatory evacuation order.

35,000 – The number of homes under evacuation orders.

75,000 to 100,000 – The estimated number of Calgarians evacuated from their homes.

1,500 – The estimated number of Calgarians who sought refuge in emergency shelters.

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11 – The number of bridges shut down.

1,700 – The number of cubic meters per second flowing in the Bow River in Calgary, the city’s highest recorded flow since 1897.

14 – The number of days a state of emergency was in effect in Calgary.

350,000 – The number of people who work downtown who were asked to stay home on June 21.

1 – One Calgarian died in the flood. 83-year-old Lorraine Gerlitz drowned inside her Mission apartment.

2,200 – The number of Canadian Forces troops deployed in Calgary and southern Alberta.

800 – The number of Calgary firefighters and fire department staff working at the height of the flood.

60 – the number of Edmonton firefighters who arrived in Calgary to help with flood relief efforts.

$500 million – The estimated damage to city-owned properties and infrastructure.

40 – The approximate number of buildings damaged at the Calgary Zoo.

10 – The number of rows in the Saddledome that were submerged by flood waters.

3 – The number of pedestrian suspension bridges along the Elbow River that were destroyed.

8 – The number of months several businesses along 4 Street S.W. were closed as a result of flood damage.

35 – The number of kilometres of city pathways damaged or destroyed by the flood.

$55 million – The estimated damage to city parks, including Prince’s Island and Bowness Park.

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