Canmore Flood of Cougar Creek 2013

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Woke up on June 20th morning to no power and no idea what was happening just a block away on Cougar Creek. Power was on and off all morning.The rain was still pouring down as it had all night. Strange to be watching a disaster happening in your own back yard and having to watch it through social media the same as friends and family who in some cases were thousands of miles away. By 1:00pm  the rain eased up and stopped for a couple of hours but the news we were getting was to evacuate the area east of Cougar Creek. I walked down to the Public Works Yard where they had busses to take us out over the bridge at the top of the creek,no cars allowed. They confirmed it was a mandatory evacuation as the bridge could wash away and we would be trapped. Hwy # 1 was already impassable as well as our other route out Hwy # 1A. Evacuation went very orderly and took us to the high school in Canmore. Unfortunately cell phone coverage was down but we managed to make a call to our neighbours parents home and they gratefully put us up for two nights. We cannot thank them enough for their kindness. It is now Sunday June 23rd and we got back home late Sat afternoon.We still have no gas so no heating or hot water  and the water has to be boiled but that’s just fine.

Update Sunday 23rd 1:00 pm Gas back on so just the boil water advisory.

Road between  Canmore and Banff is open to local residents east side only as Carrot Creek is washed out going west bound. Road to Calgary is open to leave but I believe you can only get back if you are a resident.

 

Evacuating out on the bus over Cougar Creek

Evacuating out on the bus over Cougar Creek

On the bus going out

On the bus going out

This was a small creek on Wed

This was a small creek on Wed

 

Devastating images of the homes that just on Wed were a whole yard and 15 m away from the creek

Devastating images of the homes that just on Wed were a whole yard and 15 m away from the creek

 

Working on buried Hwy # 1

Working on buried Hwy # 1

 

View of what's left of Hwy # 1

View of what’s left of Hwy # 1

 

Across Hwy # 1 to Alpine Helicopters

Across Hwy # 1 to Alpine Helicopters

 

Houses onthe corner of Eagle Terracce

Houses on the corner of Eagle Terrace

The Ranch House.No Driveway no yard left

The Ranch House.No Driveway no yard left

There us to be a path on both sides

There used to be a path on both sides

 

The Winds Red Roof house could be just  ok

The Red Roof house could be just ok

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  1. Whitecourt Worker says:

    Crazy to imagine last time I was in Canmore I ran across cougar creek.

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