Monday 23 October 2017

Thousands flee as floods hit Calgary

Raf Sanchez in Washington

At least three people have been killed by catastrophic flooding in central Canada which has led to the evacuation of 75,000 people.

The city of Calgary remained paralysed yesterday with its centre submerged as authorities warned that worse may be to come.

"I don't think any of us have seen anything like this before," said Stephen Harper, Canada's prime minister. "The magnitude is just extraordinary."

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said they had recovered the bodies of a man and woman from the town of High River, south of Calgary. A third body had been located but was too dangerous to recover.

Residents of Calgary, a city of a million people, waded through waist-high waters and firefighters navigated streets by boat to rescue the stranded.

At Calgary Zoo, plans were being made to transfer animals to prison cells. The floods were caused by days of rain on frozen ground that could not absorb the water.

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