Terrible times today for our neighbours down the QEII highway as 100,000 people in 26 communities have been evacuated from their homes due to flooding by recent heavy rains.

Much of downtown Calgary and areas near the Bow River is underwater and there are reports that the Saddledome has been flooded too and that the dressing rooms and the jumbotron have been destroyed.

The Canadian Military has been deployed and the EPS has sent 100 officers to help among efforts currently underway.


Obviously as an Oilers fan we loving giving Calgarians a hard time. But there is no joking around in times like these and anyone looking to help can support the Canadian Red Cross here. Alternatively you can call 1-800-418-1111. Nation HQ has made a donation and we encourage everyone to do the same.

Stay strong Southern Alberta and everyone else affected by this tragedy.

  • Charlie Huddy

    Just happen to see Kent post this article on twitter.

    Thanks Wayne for the kind thoughts. I happen to be stuck here, in my home, in Canmore. My wife’s parents were evacuated last night and are now staying as dry as possible with us. The Bow River here is a few feet from breaching in the middle of town, we live only a block away, and the devastation of homes and businesses is on everyones mind. We have a great community here and everyone is pitching in when possible but there is a lot of work to be done.

    Joker guy, sorry if people don’t feel like talking hockey or exchanging insensitive jabs with you in this thread.

    Hope all you other folks in Southern Alberta are safe.

  • If it means people are donating to the Red Cross everyone can take out their frustrations on their ol pal Wanye.

    Here are a couple facts to get you started:

    Once on a ski trip I peed my pants on the hill at the age of 8

    Once I played lazer tag at a buddies birthday at WEM and got so scared I started to cry and demanded my mom come and get me early.


      • DSF

        Don’t think so.

        Was born and raised in Calgary on Scotsman Hill overlooking the Stampede grounds where the Saddledome is located.

        Been watching the coverage intently for the past 24 hours and have to say I’m devastated by what I’m seeing.

        Used to spend hours and hours at the Calgary Zoo and Prince’s Island as a youngster and find it very sad that those locations have been pretty much wiped out by the flood.

        Hopefully the damage isn’t so severe that they can’t be rebuilt.

  • Rambelaya

    Disappointed at the jokes being told on here.

    To paraphrase from the great American playwright, George Kaufman, sometimes unexpressed thoughts are best left that way.

    These types of disasters obviously transcend sports or petty (and tiresome, by the way) city rivalries.

    A real “human” story is going to emerge in the next few days after the waters subside and the damage is assessed.

    And, given the extent of the flooding into the downtown areas, my guess is that the story will be about how a lot of low- and middle-income apartment dwellers are without homes. Yes, there are some expensive office properties and condo developments in Calgary, but, just like everywhere else in the world, poor people also live in downtown Calgary.

    And, let’s also keep in mind that this isn’t a “Calgary-only” story. Half of High River is under water. Pieces of Lethbridge are submerged. Red Deer may flood today. A dozen communities in Alberta, as of last night, were in a state of emergency. It’s going to take months and billions to clean this up.

    It’s good to have a sense-of-humour when times are grim, but I think it also must be tempered and appropriate.

    Perspective, please.

  • Chris Fairfield

    Being a Flames fan since 1980 and having lived in Calgary for close to 8 years and now living in Victoria, BC, with my father and sister and having my father pass away last month quite suddenly, I have been thinking a lot of good memories about Calgary and growing up there. There are no words to describe the pain that I feel for Calgary and this unbelievable tragedy. I would love to be able to volunteer my time and energy towards this terrible situation. My sincere thoughts and prayers are with you. (Calgary)

  • Chris Fairfield

    I work in Ft Mac, but live in Cochrane (on top of a hill purposely). I was taking classes at Keyano College and when I arrived 2 Mondays ago I was greeted by the scene of several flooded-out homes. The Keyano College Rec Centre main gym floor was totally submerged, it was awful.

    The last few days have been nice and sunny there and when I was driving to YMM yesterday I heard Bob Stauffer talking about the flooding in Canmore. I had no idea. I hope everyone is alright.

    The worst part about this is the stress and cost it causes, so many people do not know what their immediate future holds for them. I am sure the total damage is going to be in the neighbourhood of $1 billion. The forecast doesn’t call for rain on the weekend, so hopefully the waters will recede by mid-week and people can get back to living their lives.

    I am a huge Oilers fan and I served in the CF for 20 yrs to serve people (not just Edmontonians, Albertans or Canadians, ALL people) so it is disturbing to me when people are so flippant with their commentary. People who find humour in others’ tragedy to me have lost are part of their humanity. Hate is not a part of my vocabulary.

    I hope all of the affected communities and families recover from this awful event quickly.

  • Puritania

    Some people need to cool it with the jokes. This is a pretty awful thing to happen to the city of Calgary. Homes, and livelihoods are being lost. Show some respect. Would you like it if Flames fans were joking about Edmonton being underwater?

  • ChinookArchYYC

    Today, I’m not commenting as a fan, just as a fellow Canadian. I’m sending prayers for hope, strength, safety and miracles to all of our brothers and sisters to the south of us.

  • ChinookArchYYC

    I too am an true-blue Oil fan who had lived in Calgary during our hey-day. Still to this day have an affinity for our Southern brethern.

    Also have staff based in our Calgary office so have been in contact with them (sporadically as even communication systems are down/intermittent). Wish them all the best. Its very surreal.

    The latest on the Saddledome is here.

    …and wouldnt that be an irony that Calgary and the Flames have to resort to something like this to get a new arena before Edmonton (INSERT SARCASM HERE)….

  • UkeeRob

    I didn’t call you an idiot, but now I am. My heart goes out to anyone dealing with a natural disaster. My point is the hockey references, about Feaster, are out of line. Joking or not.

    • When people are tired, anxious, or already angry, they are more likely to respond with anger. Some of this has to do with simple physiological arousal. A nervous person already has an elevated heart rate so doesn’t have as far to go to become angry.

      • UkeeRob

        Out of respect for those affected by this tragic situation, I won’t debate this further. I made my point. My thoughts and prayers go out to all dealing with this. Stay strong my brothers and sisters.

  • Spydyr

    My sister is one of the many people evacuated.Luckily there has been no loss of life.lets hope it stays that way.

    So now will they fast line the new arena in Calgary?

    The Alberta government better kick in the same amount as they did for Edmonton’s new arena.Not a whole lot.

  • Czar


    Have to admit I thought of your avatar when I checked out some of the flood pics, one of the best on the Nation by the way.

    Good luck Calgary, so many jokes but now’s not the time.

    • Quicksilver ballet

      Are you like a sociopath?… unless its the new hip thing to get a reaction from people with a twisted sense of humor.. and using a disturbing Avavatar for effect? Wait before you make an epic comeback… I apologize if I mis-judged you.

      • Quicksilver ballet

        Fair enough.backburner.

        Just want to be a little less mundane than the other 99.9999% of contributors here. How sincere is it when a 10 second response here on this board is the limit to their contribution in this matter. What’s wrong with a different perspective, or going against the current (no pun intended)

        Just bored of all the usual insincere input here. Can we just stick to some controlled violence/hockey related conversation here on a hockey forum? Can’t stand these bleeding heart interruptions.

        • Quicksilver ballet

          If you want to talk hockey, talk hockey! Don’t make flippant and asinine comments about people caught in the middle of a natural disaster. What the hell are you even doing on this thread if you don’t want to see discussion about the flooding?

          • Quicksilver ballet

            Hold that thought Wanye…

            Where in any of my entries does it celebrate the fact that a few residents from Calgary are getting brand new basements in the coming months?

            Baalzamon, i’f you promise not seek me out and beat me up/leave me on the side of the road for dead, i’ll be good. Plant your lips on my buttock, you bully.

        • Puritania

          The other 99.9999% of people are clearly more compassionate than you. Ill point out that it wouldnt really be a good thing if everybody started moving south to try to help, they would just clog the roads and actually slow down aid to the people that need it. The rescue forces are doing an excellent job, lets praise their efforts and leave hockey thoughts out for now. I have family in calgary, please go do something else for awhile and leave your weirdness out.

    • djc

      You should stick to topics you are an expert at – crying for Weber, complaining about anything the oilers do or don’t do, and making jokes about people dying.

  • Snowdropper

    As an Edmontonian and Oiler fan now living in Calgary, I certainly dish out my share of ribbing to those down here. It is amazing though how people are handling things down here and helping each other out. I’ve heard stories of calgary construction teams and other groups driving from the city to worst hit areas outside the city to give help in numbers and vehicles.

    Not to be forgotten in all this are the outlying areas in southern Alberta, particularly High River, Canmore and Turner Valley. The flash flooding and extensive flooding has been substantial.

    Stay safe fellow oil country members in the south!

    • Saazman

      I get it! I laughed! I don’t think you wished anyone any misfortune. What is the big deal. Really laughter has helped me get through some pretty tough times.

      *I would also like to wish eveyone the best during these trying times. But who wouldn’t?

    • UkeeRob

      Although I too believe that Feaster needs a wake up call to rebuild, that isn’t very funny. I assume you’re just joking, I’m not calling you an idiot, but man comments like that are what make others think Canuck fans are arrogant pricks. Hopefully people in Calgary are all ok. As much as I despise the Flames, their fans are Canadian people.

      • I thought it was funny.

        You assume I’m joking? Serious? You don’t actually believe that I was being serious? That I somehow got inside information from Mother Nature?

        I don’t understand why you would call me an idiot or believe that I was an arrogant prick. I don’t read Canucks fans comments or know who they are.

        Of course, I wish everyone in Calgary all the best in this tragic time and that no one has to lose a loved one while it lasts. Material is just that, homes and Saddledome will be built if need be.

        Unlike you, I do not despise the Flames. People usually hate those who they perceive to be better than them, Flames suck.

        Canadian people? Really Don? So if they were American people and the flood happened in an American city: you would have found my joke funny?