PRAY FOR CALGARY

Wanye
June 21 2013 11:53AM

 

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.

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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.

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#51 Ryan Pike
June 21 2013, 03:03PM
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Fun fact: it's very difficult/expensive/impossible to get flood insurance on a flood plain.

Best wishes to everyone who has to piece things back together in the coming weeks and months.

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#52 Rambelaya
June 21 2013, 03:08PM
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It's been pretty crazy down here. My place is safe and dry, but Nenshi's warning everyone even in non-evacuated areas that they could lose power/water at any time. No one's getting out of this.

Most people are going to need federal disaster relief, because you can't get personal homeowner flood insurance. I think it's been since the 2005 floods. Some people in condos might be ok (with massive deductibles (I've heard 25K-100K), because the condos can still get commercial flood insurance, but most homeowners will have to rely on the govn't to bail them out.

It's a bad day for everyone here in Southern Alberta. Thanks for the good thoughts (from those who have them). The next few weeks are going to be brutal.

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#53 MKE
June 21 2013, 03:09PM
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Praying for protection for all those down south and for a quick rebuild. Like Wayne said...lets get the cash moving so those in need can be helped.

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#54 etownman
June 21 2013, 03:10PM
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I have lot's of friends & relatives in southern Alberta & truly hope there is some relief soon, this is a disaster to say the least! Just thankful everyone is safe!

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#55 oliveoilers
June 21 2013, 03:15PM
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Wanye wrote:

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.

GO WILD JUST DONATE CASHOLA

I got thrown out of WEM trying to attach the lazertag guns to the dolphin's head a la Dr evil.

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#56 Rambelaya
June 21 2013, 03:18PM
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For those who haven't seen this graphic yet (there's only 1 person inside the 'Dome) - here's a graphic representing the Saddledome as of a few hours ago.

http://i567.photobucket.com/albums/ss112/jondutkiewicz/domewater_zpsfcaf4195.jpg

(don't know who originally made it or I'd give credit, but it wasn't me)

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#57 Butters
June 21 2013, 03:27PM
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You can't get flood insurance Rambelaya? That is going to hurt a lot of people, lower and mid income range. First order, hopefully people can stay safe.

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#58 Rambelaya
June 21 2013, 03:41PM
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My understanding is that it's the whole province. Maybe just Calgary, not sure. But either way, I'm glad I shouldn't have the need, but it's going to bone a lot of people.

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#59 G Money
June 21 2013, 03:45PM
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Wanye wrote:

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.

GO WILD JUST DONATE CASHOLA

So the ski trip was when you were eight...

The lazer tag was ... last year?

(Baddump bump*)

*donation sent, thanks for the free shot

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#60 Soft Hands McSteeley - FIST Movement
June 21 2013, 03:52PM
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http://www.canadianbusiness.com/business-news/not-all-flooding-is-covered-by-insurance-and-policies-need-to-be-checked/

Residential home are not covered, and only vehicles with a comprehensive package will be covered. Government will provide assistance, but more than likely a lot of the people affected by this will be screwed.

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#61 DSF
June 21 2013, 03:57PM
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Next up, is Connor McJesus. wrote:

Tried to help get you to page 3 again Wanye.

Might need DSF to help carry you through the rest of the way.

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.

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#62 madjam
June 21 2013, 03:58PM
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Never a pleasant thing to happen to any community . Best of luck in cleanup and hopefully your water will still be drinkable . Will it be cleaned up enough for Stampede ?

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#63 Where's Your Towel
June 21 2013, 04:04PM
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I can't imagine things will be ready for Stampede.

I was down at the Zoo for a service call just yesterday. The building I was in is now completely filled with water.

Not much risk of my home flooding, but so many people have just had their lives wiped out.

I thought the Feaster joke was funny.

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#64 Rambelaya
June 21 2013, 04:11PM
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Stampede will go ahead, guaranteed, although probably scaled back. Even if it's 2 horses parading on Nenshi's lawn.

It'll be used a rally-cry, sign of "life continues on", economic rebuild, etc, but there's no way they'd let the flood "win" by not doing something.

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#65 Racki
June 21 2013, 04:16PM
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This is terrible stuff. Can't believe how bad it is there. We've had some bad rainfalls here, but nothing like that in my lifetime. I know some people who were evacuated too in various parts of southern Alberta.

All hockey hate aside, people are people, so it is awful to see this happening anywhere.

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#66 MC Hockey
June 21 2013, 05:14PM
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John Chambers wrote:

I have always said that city would have its comeuppance.

That said, hope the flood subsides and that the nine subsequent plagues are mild.

What the heck is that supposed to mean! Get a grip old man!

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#67 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
June 21 2013, 06:18PM
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@John Chambers

Hey John, the "HOT" line from the WHA Jets during the 70's. What's the T stand for?

Hedberg, O'Sulivan.....and ?

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#68 S_Dub
June 21 2013, 06:32PM
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Or instead of praying, you could actually do something to help. Hoping things were different than they are isn't exactly helpful...

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#69 blue31
June 21 2013, 06:39PM
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S_Dub wrote:

Or instead of praying, you could actually do something to help. Hoping things were different than they are isn't exactly helpful...

piss off

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#70 S_Dub
June 21 2013, 06:49PM
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blue31 wrote:

piss off

You pray, I'll donate and help clean up. We'll see who accomplishes more.

Or better yet, you just tell people to "piss off" and we'll see what you accomplish.

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#71 Oilers G- Nations Poet Laureate
June 21 2013, 07:10PM
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Ok...First off, my Thoughts and Prayers go down south to those affected by the awesome power of nature. Now with that out of the way.....

Flooded to Row 14?? The damage costs are going to hit SEVEN FIGURES. All the electrical controls for the Dome are at ice level, the things which control the video boards and such.

Not to mention the damage to the dressing rooms. All the lower bowl seats will need to be replaced. It is late June now, the repairs needed to the Dome, which won't be known until the water recedes,will be extensive. I don't think the repairs will be finished in time for next season.

SASKATOON FLAMES???? Either they play some "home games" in S'Toon or they open for a historic X game roadie to start the season

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#72 David S
June 21 2013, 07:17PM
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Holy man! I spent 7 years in Calgary, all of it living in apartments in the Mission district. Spent alot of time biking along the river and I can tell you some years it got mega high. Always figured something bad would happen if you had an epic rain storm combined with massive spring runoff after a big snow year. Looks like it finally happened.

For all you flappy gums beaking off with snide remarks about Calgary, they just announced the Saskatchewan river is going to rise 3.5 meters in Edmonton in the next day or so. That's TEN FREAKING FEET!

Rossdale might be in trouble and a few other areas in the flood plain belt. Hope none of you live there or have relatives/friends down there. It could get intense here too.

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#73 funkyjaman
June 21 2013, 07:21PM
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Just Saw this:

The city of Edmonton is now under a Flood Watch. The North Saskatchewan River is expected to rise 3.5 metres by Saturday.

THe Weather Network

Be safe

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#74 The Soup Fascist
June 21 2013, 07:27PM
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Next up, is Connor McJesus. wrote:

Hey John, the "HOT" line from the WHA Jets during the 70's. What's the T stand for?

Hedberg, O'Sulivan.....and ?

Not sure if you want John to answer or if I am missing (and am now part of) a joke ..... But the Hot Line was Hull, Nilsson and Hedberg. Nothing to do with initials.

Who TF is O'Sullivan, BTW?

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#75 The Soup Fascist
June 21 2013, 07:30PM
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Thoughts and prayers, friends to the south. The pictures and reports are simply terrible. Good Luck to all.

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#76 michael
June 21 2013, 07:33PM
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The Flames just hit the arena lottery. If your the Redford government how do you say no to the city of Calgary and the Flames when they come asking for arena funding money now with the an arena that clearly is not in any way shape or form capable of serving the needs of its community now and in the future. An upgrade is needed clearly. The current location clearly is not safe longterm. The lon g term costs of maintaining a building that is affected by flood damage every few years is not in the best interests of Alberta taxpayers.Insurance will cover a lot but for how long and at what rate in the future can the Saddledome be insured and made safe?

The affected citizens in Calgary are safe thank goodness. 2-3? dead is unfortunate. Homes and possesions will be rebuilt and replaced. Hopefully it will all turn out right in the next few weeks. Stampede? A rethink on that perhaps. Calgary does not need to do half measures. More important things right now to be worried about.

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#77 David S
June 21 2013, 07:33PM
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Just Saw this:

The city of Edmonton is now under a Flood Watch. The North Saskatchewan River is expected to rise 3.5 metres by Saturday.

THe Weather Network

Be safe

I swear to god there's an echo in here sometimes.

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#78 The Soup Fascist
June 21 2013, 07:37PM
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David S wrote:

I swear to god there's an echo in here sometimes.

I read somewhere that 3.5 meters is 10 feet.

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#79 David
June 21 2013, 07:40PM
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People can donate to the red cross at their local Starbucks as well. Thoughts and prayers to those affected.

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#80 Alex
June 21 2013, 08:08PM
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Praying is for stupid people and never help. But Helping people with money or by helping them in their town will work.

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#81 Butter
June 21 2013, 08:10PM
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Called my famdamily in Calgary. Apparently the grocery stores are out of water and the lineups are ridiculous.

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#82 Alex
June 21 2013, 08:11PM
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David S wrote:

I swear to god there's an echo in here sometimes.

come on dumbass God doesn't exist.

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#83 Butters
June 21 2013, 08:26PM
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@Alex Praying is for stupid people

We can't all be Rhodes scholars.

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#84 a lg dubl dubl
June 21 2013, 08:31PM
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I don't say this in a bad way but I wonder if the Flames will go to the government with the flood and get their new area paid for.

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#85 DSF
June 21 2013, 08:37PM
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a lg dubl dubl wrote:

I don't say this in a bad way but I wonder if the Flames will go to the government with the flood and get their new area paid for.

They will likely get both federal and provincial disaster assistance funds.

They will have to decide whether they use those funds to repair the Saddledome or put them toward the construction of a new arena.

I would wager they'll do the latter.

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#86 funkyjaman
June 21 2013, 08:37PM
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David S wrote:

I swear to god there's an echo in here sometimes.

Sorry man didn't mean to rain on your parade. Thought I was sharing some important info. Make sure I keep it to myself next time...dick.

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#87 StHenriOilBomb
June 21 2013, 08:40PM
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I doubt there will be much federal relief. A couple of summers ago there was comparable flooding in southern Quebec and Manitoba, and it was up to the provincial governments to bail their people out. Very little came from the feds. I doubt the current government would change its stance now - people would cry favoritism.

With this in mind it is sad to hear the comments of the Municipal Affairs Minister Doug Griffiths, "The fact that a person didn't bother to buy insurance doesn't mean the government will pay for it"

"didn't bother"?!?!??!!??

yuk.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/story/2013/06/21/business-flood-insurance-alberta.html

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#88 StHenriOilBomb
June 21 2013, 08:41PM
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DSF wrote:

They will likely get both federal and provincial disaster assistance funds.

They will have to decide whether they use those funds to repair the Saddledome or put them toward the construction of a new arena.

I would wager they'll do the latter.

Don't know if it matters that much. A new arena won't be built by October, so the Saddle has to be fixed. Maybe they could do a 5 year job instead of a 40 year job, but it won't be the decider for a new arena.

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#89 DSF
June 21 2013, 08:50PM
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StHenriOilBomb wrote:

I doubt there will be much federal relief. A couple of summers ago there was comparable flooding in southern Quebec and Manitoba, and it was up to the provincial governments to bail their people out. Very little came from the feds. I doubt the current government would change its stance now - people would cry favoritism.

With this in mind it is sad to hear the comments of the Municipal Affairs Minister Doug Griffiths, "The fact that a person didn't bother to buy insurance doesn't mean the government will pay for it"

"didn't bother"?!?!??!!??

yuk.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/story/2013/06/21/business-flood-insurance-alberta.html

Steven Harper is from Calgary.

So is Alison Redford.

Danielle Smith is from High River.

Connect the dots.

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#90 Baalzamon
June 21 2013, 09:21PM
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@DSF

Actually, Harper is originally from Toronto.

Also, what do Smith and Redford have to do with the federal government?

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#91 Tommynotsohuge
June 21 2013, 09:22PM
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I am wishing all my fellow flames fans down south to please stay safe. You are all doing us very proud by being complete champs about this. There is no pissing and whining from what I've heard. Stay strong and be careful. Our thoughts are with you.

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#92 DSF
June 21 2013, 09:32PM
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Baalzamon wrote:

Actually, Harper is originally from Toronto.

Also, what do Smith and Redford have to do with the federal government?

Harper was born in Toronto but moved to Calgary in the early 80's and has been a Calgary MP (off and on) since 1993....20 years ago.

Harper is a Calgarian.

Smith and Redford have nothing to do with the federal government but Redford, the Premier of Alberta, is also from Calgary.

Smith is from High River which is a bedroom community of Calgary.

All of these people will be seeking re-election in the future, IN THE CALGARY REGION.

What part of politics don't you understand?

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#93 @Oilanderp
June 21 2013, 09:32PM
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Let's all pray:

Dear God,

Please help the people not to die in the flood that you yourself sent to southern Alberta. Oh Great invisible man in the sky, please help the people that you tried to kill by flood.

Thanks,

Oilanderp.

P.S. I am available to sacrifice various farm animals to help the cause if it be your unknowable will. I standby keeping my eyes open for completely impossible things to happen, and these 'miracles' would therefore be my sign of what you want.

P.P.S. Please give us a #1 d-man.

P.P.P.S Please strike down with lightning any of those who are about to post that this post is offensive.

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#94 Baalzamon
June 21 2013, 09:40PM
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@DSF

You don't think the Quebec and Manitoba governments tried to get Federal money to help in their floods?

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#95 yawto
June 21 2013, 09:43PM
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Here in Calgary we are staying strong and being optimistic. I talked to a guy who let me know the Saddledome was half full. I said, my friend, stay positive, it's half empty!!!

In reality, it's great to see the city come together in a disaster. Resilience is paramount and as Albertans we will all rise from this stronger. I think the weirdest thing as a Canadian is that we have everything so safe and secure seeing the large amount of green trucks filled with men in camo is different.

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#96 DSF
June 21 2013, 09:46PM
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Baalzamon wrote:

You don't think the Quebec and Manitoba governments tried to get Federal money to help in their floods?

Were the Prime Minister and Premier of those provinces from the flood devastated areas?

No they weren't.

Watch.

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#97 David S
June 21 2013, 09:50PM
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funkyjaman wrote:

Sorry man didn't mean to rain on your parade. Thought I was sharing some important info. Make sure I keep it to myself next time...dick.

That's Richard, to you sir.

MWAH! *hug*

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#98 DSF
June 21 2013, 09:51PM
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yawto wrote:

Here in Calgary we are staying strong and being optimistic. I talked to a guy who let me know the Saddledome was half full. I said, my friend, stay positive, it's half empty!!!

In reality, it's great to see the city come together in a disaster. Resilience is paramount and as Albertans we will all rise from this stronger. I think the weirdest thing as a Canadian is that we have everything so safe and secure seeing the large amount of green trucks filled with men in camo is different.

The Saddledome will be out of commission for a very long time.

The lower bowl, the dressing rooms, the ice plant, the scoreboard electronics, the luxury boxes and the concourses have all been destroyed.

No chance they will get that rectified by October.

As you say, the resilience of the city of Calgary will be awesome to watch.

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#99 DSF
June 21 2013, 10:34PM
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"In a strange twist the flooding makes the team’s quest for a new building an even more intriguing debate.

After years of watching the Oilers battle for public money to help build a new downtown rink the Flames are on the verge of announcing their well-developed plans for a new home.

And while the appetite to spend any public money on a new NHL rink was dampened by a recovering economy and a frustrating lockout it may make much more sense to kickstart the project publicly now given the millions of dollars in damage the Dome has surely sustained."

http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2013/06/21/20919261.html

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#100 Butters
June 21 2013, 10:53PM
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@DSF I heard rumblings that the Flames are ahead of the game design-wise. I suspect they have a location in mind as well. Still, it would take at least 2 years if not more to build, yes? I think they will still have to spit and binder twine the saddledome...

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