CALGARY, Alberta, June 21 Flooding shut down
much of the centre of Calgary, Canada's oil capital, on Friday,
and forced tens of thousands of residents to leave their soggy
Heavy rain also closed roads and brought down bridges
elsewhere in the province of Alberta, but there were no reports
of death or injuries. A pipeline carrying deadly sour natural
gas ruptured in Turner Valley on Thursday.
More than 75,000 people, about 7 percent of Calgary's 1.1
million residents, were ordered to evacuate their homes and take
shelter with friends and relatives or in leisure centres.
City authorities urged people to stay at home and avoid
travel on Friday, with schools across the city closed.
"Getting downtown today is going to be very, very difficult;
there are bridges and underpasses that are impassable. I am
really telling people to stay at home with the family, avoid all
non-essential travel and we will continue to do our work here,"
Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.
Fast-growing Calgary, located on the Bow River, is the
largest city in Alberta. It is some 750 km (466 miles) from the
province's main energy producing areas, which have not been
affected by the latest flooding.
The city's commuter train and many bus services were not
running and many offices in the downtown core remained closed,
with lights off and few people on the streets.
As many as 100 police officers from other regions have been
drafted in to help maintain order, local media said.
More 100 millimetres (3.9 inches) of rain fell in some areas
of Southern Alberta over the past two days, the Weather Network
said on Friday, with precipitation expected to continue until
(Reporting by Nia Williams; Editing by Janet Guttsman and