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Massive Flooding In Alberta Canada Forces 75,000 To Flee

By Rebecca Leber on June 22, 2013 at 9:59 am

"Massive Flooding In Alberta Canada Forces 75,000 To Flee"

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Alberta, Canada. Credit: AP

Parts of Alberta, Canada were hit by extreme flooding the size of New York State on Friday, forcing 75,000 to evacuate their homes. Hit by heavy rain, people have abandoned their cars and low-lying residences in flooded waters Mayor Naheed Nenshi described as “an ocean at the moment.”

Across the world, cities in Germany have also been wrecked by flooding — one estimate puts the damage as high as $7.7 billion. Climate science explains that global warming leads to a 5 to 10 percent increase in rainfall, and subsequently leads to a higher risk of flooding.

As Climate Central notes in its reporting on the Calgary floods: “A study published in the journal Nature Climate Change on June 9 found that flood frequency as well as the number of people at risk of inundation from flood events are both likely to increase as the world continues to warm.”

Heavy precipitation extremes, which sometimes result in river flooding, have been increasing in much of the U.S. east of the Mississippi River. Credit: Climate Central.

Alberta is home to controversial tar sands development, where the city of Calgary happens to be a source of climate denier arguments: The Calgary Herald, an influential paper in western Canada, has spouted climate denier points on its editorial page. The University of Calgary, meanwhile, was once paid to distribute resources opposing climate change science.

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33 Responses to Massive Flooding In Alberta Canada Forces 75,000 To Flee

  1. prokaryotes says:

    Canada Calgary Aerial View + Bob Sanford speaks Floods(Climate) June 22, 2013 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoqfstqxqoU

    • Ominous Clouds Overhead says:

      Really good video. As of today, it has fewer than 500 views. What a shame.

      • Will Fox says:

        Most people – having been thoroughly brainwashed and dumbed down by the mainstream media – are more interested in Kim Kardashian than the impending collapse of the biosphere.

        • Mulga Mumblebrain says:

          Which, I believe, will make their reaction when they finally wake up, rather hard to predict. There will be a variety of reactions, no doubt, and the Right will be certain to try to channel it into some very nasty manifestations, indeed. Suddenly waking up to the reality of universal destruction, and perhaps universal death for one’s species, is the stuff of nightmares.

    • David Lewis says:

      I heard this Bob Sanford interview when it was aired on Canada’s public radio network, the CBC.

      Bob was asked: “What should we be doing?”.

      He answered that “we” needed to recognize that the game has changed and that a lot of expensive infrastructure needed to be redesigned in order to withstand greater extreme events. He also called for a greater investment in science to improve flood predictions.

      He said absolutely nothing about reducing or eliminating greenhouse gas emissions.

      He declared that it is not beyond human ability to adapt, and we should do so.

      I might have said Bob’s response was unbelieveable, but I’ve been hardened over the 25 years I’ve been listening to these types.

      If this was England after the Fall of France just prior to the Battle of Britain, Bob would be talking about how the English could adapt to German occupation. He’d be calling for greater investment in studies on how the English could predict what Hitler would do to them as Germany took over. He would oh so carefully avoid any mention of resistance.

      • charlee says:

        Forest fires cause more problems than any human emissions. If we do anything we should make California do controlled burns but they wont so it gets way overgrown and Bam now you got a huge fire, dummy’s this earth has been changinf since the moment God created it. It will heat up cool down burn freeze and repeat over and over till it gets sucked into the sun in around 700 million years

  2. AZLobo says:

    While the events in Alberta are sad, perhaps a mention of the floods in India. The death toll is already more than a 1000 and will rise immensely in the next weeks.

    If we are to come to grips with the unfolding dual tragedies of climate change and unfettered population growth the lens of our attention must swing away from the West. It will be a bitter pill to swallow for those with a conscience.

  3. Lucastro says:

    Of course climate change is not mentioned in the AP article above. As you know Harper managed to muzzle Canadian scientists so it is unlikely that public discourse could go beyond that of being surprised by the scale of the event. The flood would then have to be an act of god.

  4. Stephen W says:

    “Alberta is home to controversial tar sands development” … oh, the irony, the irony.

    • Merrelyn Emery says:

      Chickens coming home to roost perhaps? ME

    • Mary Ann says:

      Tar sans B.S. is an issue to look at. They’re stripping the land of vital ways to recover itself. Flattening the landscape already destroyed a lot of the Appalachians.

  5. mememine69 says:

    Science has never said it will happen, only might happen despite being at the brink of unstoppable warming. Not one single IPCC warning was without “maybes”. Help my planet is on fire maybe? If science just said it will happen, not just might happen or said their crisis was as inevitable as they like to say comet hits are, the debate would end instantly.

    Meanwhile, the entire world of SCIENCE, lazy copy and paste news editors and progressivism had allowed bank-funded and corporate-run “CARBON TRADING STOCK MARKETS”(ruled by trustworthy politicians) to trump the UN’s efforts into 3rd world fresh water relief, starvation rescue and 3rd world education for just over 28 years of insane attempts at climate CONTROL.

  6. Colorado Bob says:

    Christopher C. Burt at Weather Underground has a very good post up on this , maps, numbers etc…………
    http://www.wunderground.com/blog/weatherhistorian/comment.html?entrynum=167

  7. Vine says:

    Thank you for sharing the important information with the world. The Tar Sands are a worry for all people over the world. The floods, as bad as they are, will only get worse if you keep using fossil fuels. It seems Mother Nature has to come aknocking on a skeptics door before the real cost is measured. Canada has lost loved ones, the damage bill will be enormous and a lot of people will not be insured. You can’t ignore the once in a hundred flood is now the once in 5 year flood.

  8. prokaryotes says:

    Uh Oh … More rain is in the forecast for parts of southern Alberta with an additional 10 millimetres possible over the weekend, CBC meteorologist Danielle Savoni said.

    The highest amounts are expected west of Calgary and just north of Canmore. Showers are also forecast for the weekend, she said.

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/story/2013/06/21/calgary-flood-closures-list.html?cmp=rss

  9. Joshua Graciano says:

    In 1996- I remember the year because I remember where I was working then- news stories came out about what global warming would be like. We used old fashioned terms like global warming back then. Rain in heavy bursts instead of pissing down all day, more frequent extremes and the demise of glaciers. Huh. 3 for 3. Maybe climatologists know what they’re talking about after all.

    Better give it another 20 years just to be sure.

    • Daniel Coffey says:

      You need not worry, the next twenty years will be worse than the last 20 years no matter what we do now. I want to thank Sierra Club for taking $25 million from 2007 to 2010 from the natural gas fracking industry in order to slow-walk a transition to renewable resources. Now we are asked to listen to them on how to deploy renewable energy systems. Hmmmm. It’s not just newspapers that sing a certain tune when money waves the baton.

      • Mulga Mumblebrain says:

        ‘He who pays the piper calls the tune’. The true operative maxim of capitalist democracy.

  10. Doug Bostrom says:

    Mr. Harper will need to forbid Canadian citizens from mentioning this sort of thing without first contacting their handlers.

    “Flood? What flood?”

  11. Talaia says:

    While it is important to point out the relation between these sorts of events and climate change, can we try to do it in a way that doesn’t demonize and/or lump together everyone living in Calgary as climate change deniers? The tone of this article makes it seem like the city of Calgary is getting what it deserves. There are many (I would say the majority) of people living in these flood affected areas who are no more responsible for climate change than all of us are.

  12. Jack Burton says:

    Interesting event. I note from rain totals that they are at the very LOW end of the 24 hour storm in Northern Minnesota a year ago. Some isolated areas hit 20 inches. In my home town we were on the LOW end with 10.50 inches. I’ll tell you, when LOW end for a 24 hour event in the boreal forests of the Lake Superior basin is + 10 inches, you are looking at a climate change event. More heat means more moisture can be held in the atmosphere. Simple basic high school physics.
    Yet Alberta, home of Tar Sands Heaven, well, they have some soul searching to do, eh?

  13. nyc-tornado-10 says:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/weather/2013/jun/23/canada-power-supplies-floods

    flooding has also closed 2 tar sludge pipelines south of ft. mcmurray. This should be far north of the alberta flood, but it was also caused by heavy rains. Hopefully, the shutdown will be for a long time, and cost the industry heavily.

    the damage from the calgary flood looks quite high. Many sky scrapers were flooded. In lower manhattan, there are still large skyscrapers that are repairing electric and hvac from basement flooding during sandy. I would bet this is a 10 – 20 billion dollar catastrophe, and would not be surprised if the cost goes higher.

  14. nyc-tornado-10 says:

    http://www.torontosun.com/2013/06/23/ruptured-enbridge-pipeline-contaminates-stream-forcing-shutdown-2

    The pipeline shutdown affects 750,000 barrels of tar/sludge oil a day, it is not known how long it will last. This could be a good backdrop to Obama’s speech, hopefully announcing that he will reject keystone.

  15. Spike says:

    4 factors led to the massive flooding.

    In the past 100 years, says Pomeroy, there has been “immeasurable change” in the type of rainfall that reaches the Prairies, with larger volumes of rain and less snow.
    Pomeroy suggests climate change could have played a factor in the deluge and resulting floods.
    “The rain themselves could not have been prevented, though I suspect they’re a manifestation of our changing climate,” he said.

    http://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/alberta-under-water-the-4-factors-that-led-to-massive-flooding-1.1337873

    • Spike says:

      “The infrastructure we have was built for the 20th century, and the more benign climate that we had then,” Pomeroy said.

  16. rollin says:

    I take it this was a once in a lifetime event, so little will be learned by this. Deniers will claim it is just a freak weather event. Those who understand the situation will move to higher ground if possible.

    As infrastructure is destroyed and abandoned across the world through floods, storms, droughts and sea level rise we need a group keeping an account of these losses. It will soon add up and the direction will become quite clear. In 25 years when the Alberta tar sands have been abandoned and the best paying jobs are the scavenging of materials from coastal cities and infrastructure, maybe most will have come to consensus about global warming.