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Floods in Alberta Canada

skihardskihard Posts: 556 Crazy Baller
I have been away for awhile but Alberta Canada is getting pounded with rain, flooding, and natural disasters.

No idea how Predator Bay in Calgary is doing? The downtown core is flooded and police have it closed off. No one in or out! With he rivers being as high as they are there I hope our community didn't lose a world class ski site.

Anyone from Calgary that can offer an update?
Life's about working hard and then having fun on the water!
I am - are you?

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  • waterskicoreywaterskicorey Posts: 131 Baller
    I have also been wondering about what has gone on at Predator Bay? All the members of the Fraser Valley Water Ski Club hope that all the club members of Predator Bay are safe and sound, and our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Corey Walters
  • KillerKiller Posts: 397 ★★★★Quad Panda Award Recipient ★★★★
    Predator bay is flooded it appears, they got the boats out and the jump ramp to higher ground. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Water-Ski-and-Wakeboard-CanadaSki-nautique-et-planche-Canada/164160506956549
  • skihardskihard Posts: 556 Crazy Baller
    What a mess!
    Life's about working hard and then having fun on the water!
    I am - are you?
  • SkiJaySkiJay Posts: 2,314 Mega Baller
    edited June 2013
    The clubhouse remained only inches above the high water line, and the boat's and jump were moved to higher ground. The water was so high it was up to the roofs of the boat lifts. Lake one became part of the river with a lot of heavy debris flowing through the site. It's not yet clear how much damage has been suffered, but it's possible both ends of the lake could be washed out requiring some earth moving. No doubt the courses will need to be reset too.

    The water is down a few feet now, but is still high and it will be a week or two before we're operational again. The cleanup will take considerably longer.

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    www.FinWhispering.com ... Your ski should be your dance partner, not a wrestling opponent
  • JordanJordan Posts: 1,199 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    edited June 2013
    For a perspective about the scale of the flooding, apparently in the Saddledome (where the Calgary Flames play) the water is up to the 14th row of seats.

    The dressing rooms are completely underwater
  • ForrestGumpForrestGump Posts: 6,079
    Big time flooding in Calgary. A lot of city was evacuated until yesterday.
    Shane "Crash" Hill

  • SkiJaySkiJay Posts: 2,314 Mega Baller
    edited June 2013
    Over 100,000 people have been evacuated from their homes, and it's not over. The entire downtown (meaning the Canadian oil business) is still evacuated. There's a big push on getting ready for the Stampede which is supposed to start July 5th. But most of the Stampede Grounds are still under water including the Saddle Dome. The slogan is "The show must go on... come hell or high water."
    www.FinWhispering.com ... Your ski should be your dance partner, not a wrestling opponent
  • SkiJaySkiJay Posts: 2,314 Mega Baller
    edited June 2013
    Inside the Calgary Saddle Dome yesterday:
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    The Stampede Grounds:
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    Downtown:
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    LRT (Calgary's commuter trains):
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    www.FinWhispering.com ... Your ski should be your dance partner, not a wrestling opponent
  • SkiJaySkiJay Posts: 2,314 Mega Baller
    The Predator Bay tournament scheduled for Tuesday has officially been cancelled. This is so frustrating; there's freak'n water EVERYWHERE and non of it is skiable =(
    www.FinWhispering.com ... Your ski should be your dance partner, not a wrestling opponent
  • SkiJaySkiJay Posts: 2,314 Mega Baller
    edited June 2013
    We can get down the hill to the ski site at Predator Bay now. The water is still high but we can finally start the cleanup and repairs this weekend. What a mess!

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    Before the flood:
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    www.FinWhispering.com ... Your ski should be your dance partner, not a wrestling opponent
  • jipster43jipster43 Posts: 1,432 Crazy Baller
    @SkiJay you should come down to the Helena tournament next weekend. No flooding here. Good luck with the cleanup!
    SkiJay
  • SkiJaySkiJay Posts: 2,314 Mega Baller
    Thanks @Drew, I'll pass your message along. And thanks for the invitation @jipster43. I'd feel guilty ducking out for a ski right now, but here's hoping you have a fabulous tournament in Helena. Maybe next summer.

    We're hosting the Canadian nationals and the Pro Shootout again this summer, and there's a lot of work to do before then. I have to say though, it was pretty cool how many members showed up today for some real heavy lifting. Everyone went home pretty much sunburned, covered in mud and smiling.

    There was a crew on lake 1, another crew digging out the Clubhouses, some heavy equipment loading and trucking mud off the site, and this crew digging out the dock on lake 2:
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    www.FinWhispering.com ... Your ski should be your dance partner, not a wrestling opponent
    jayskiBradySkoot1123
  • SkiJaySkiJay Posts: 2,314 Mega Baller
    edited July 2013
    There are still signs of the flood damage everywhere and there's a lot of cleanup still to be done, but Calgary's Predator Bay is back open for skiing again. This summer's Pro Shootout (August 8 & 9) and the Canadian Nationals (August 10 - 14) are still on.

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    www.FinWhispering.com ... Your ski should be your dance partner, not a wrestling opponent
    BulldogBradySkoot1123The_MS
  • BradyBrady Posts: 1,084 Mega Baller
    @SkiJay What an incredible transformation. You have turned it back into the beauty it is known for. I am excited for you to resume your summer!
    I ski, therefore I am
    SkiJay
  • skihardskihard Posts: 556 Crazy Baller
    Looking good! True testament of PEOPLE PULLING TOGETHER! Everyone down there should be proud! (I know you are)
    You guys will put on amazing tournaments and continue to promte our great sport!
    Life's about working hard and then having fun on the water!
    I am - are you?
    SkiJayBulldogBrady
  • Skoot1123Skoot1123 Posts: 1,826 Mega Baller
    @skijay - great cleanup job to you and yours at Predator Bay!! Crazy how much water there was! Our hearts go out to those who were affected - pretty much everyone there in Calgary, we here on BOS are pullin' for ya!
    SkiJayBulldogBrady
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