Houses damaged along the edge of Cougar Creek in Canmore, Canada. Widespread flooding caused by torrential rains washed out bridges and roads prompting the evacuation of thousands on Thursday. John Gibson/Getty Images
Because of flooding that could prove historic, authorities in Calgary, Canada, have ordered 100,000 people in 22 communities across the city to evacuate their homes.
As the CBC reports, intense rain has caused flooding throughout Alberta province in Canada. More rain is expected today.
The CBC adds:
“Mudslides forced the closure of the Trans-Canada Highway, isolating the mountain resort towns of Banff and Canmore.
“‘The message tonight is that we are still expecting that the worst has not yet come in terms of the flow,’ [Calgary Mayor Naheed] Nenshi told CBC News early Friday in a telephone interview from an emergency operations centre.”
The Calgary Herald reports that the flooding could rival that of what happened during the floods of June of 2005, which damaged 40,000 homes. The paper reports that last night police went door to door asking people in low-lying areas to leave.
CTV News has dramatic video coming from smaller communities in Alberta. Residents in Black Diamond told CTV the water rose in a matter of minutes. Some were trapped inside their homes and had to be helped out on heavy equipment.
One video making the rounds online this morning comes from Bragg Creek just west of Calgary. It shows an entire house being dragged by the swollen river, until it smashes into an overpass.
Here it is, but be warned it contains one fleeting expletive:
The Juneau Assembly has ponied up another $1.2 million for the Housing First project. The 32-unit apartment complex and clinic is designed to serve Juneau's most vulnerable residents, many of them homeless
As part of Alaska Design Forum’s Nostalgia lecture series, Joel Salatin will present the problems with mainstream food/agriculture systems, and how a return to traditional ways will help us for
As part of Alaska Design Forum’s Nostalgia lecture series, Joel Salatin will present the problems with mainstream food/agriculture systems, and how a return to traditional ways will help us for the future. There also will be an emphasis on permaculture and agriculture system design. Advance purchase/registration (even for season pass holders) is highly recommended. Admission is $20 ($15 w/ student ID). There will be very limited seats available at the door.
KTOO is honored to host NPR humorist and award winning author, David Sedaris this May 14th at Juneau Douglas High School. He’ll read new, original pieces for an hour, and will sign books before and after the performance. We’re told the book signings are just as much a part of the event as the readings, and he sticks around until the last person wanting to connect has a chance. Hearthside Books will be on hand selling his latest.
MATURE CONTENT: Adult Language and Themes.
BABIES – Discouraged. Ticket required for all ages.
CHILDREN – Recommended for ages 13 and older.
With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today.
Sedaris is the author of “Barrel Fever” and “Holidays on Ice,” as well as collections of personal essays, “Naked,” “Me Talk Pretty One Day,” “Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim,” “When You Are Engulfed in Flames,” and his most recent book, “Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls,” each of which have become immediate best sellers. The audio version of “Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls,” is a 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominee for Best Spoken Word Album. Sedaris is the author of the New York Times best-selling collection of fables, titled “Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary (with illustrations by Ian Falconer.) He was also the editor of “Children Playing before a Statue of Hercules: An Anthology of Outstanding Stories.” Sedaris’ pieces appear regularly in The New Yorker and have twice been included in “the Best American Essays.” There are a total of ten million copies of his books in print and they have been translated into 29 languages.
An Evening with David Sedaris is made possible with support from:
MudroomsReal people. real stories. Live, on stage. “Mudrooms” is a community-powered monthly event in Juneau, where real people tell real stories, live. Anchorage has “Arctic Entries”. In Juneau, we’re just as sophisticated – just a little muddier. Mudrooms’ creators are Amanda Compton and Alida Bus. Audio production by Marc Wheeler.
Focus On Community“Focus on Community” is an hour long, public affairs program hosted by different volunteer, community members each week. The format ranges from in-studio discussions, to live call-ins. Topics vary from peace initiatives to mental health problems to hotly debated town issues. Any and all community members are invited to present a show idea and work with us to bring it the air.
Telling Tales with Ms. GEach week, host, Ms.G, reads a selection of writing based around a given theme. Audio of her show is available the following day here on our website.