Deadly floods hit Canada's west

At least three people have died in the heaviest flooding in decades to hit the Canadian region centred on the city of Calgary. More than 100,000 people have been forced from their homes in the city.

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75,000 people evacuated in flood-hit Calgary

An estimated 75,000 people have had to leave their homes in the flood-hit Canadian city of Calgary.

Mayor Naheed Nenshi said the Elbow River, one of two rivers that flow through the southern Alberta city, has peaked.

A woman attempts to walk down a flooded downtown street in Calgary, Alberta. Credit: REUTERS/Melissa Renwick

Mr Nenshi said just over two dozen neighbourhoods have been evacuated and most of the estimated 75,000 displaced people are staying with family and friends. There are about 1,500 people in evacuation centers in and around Calgary. Earlier he said has never seen the rivers that high or that fast.

A couple looks on as floodwaters rise in Calgary, Alberta. Credit: REUTERS/Melissa Renwick

Police have urged people to stay away from the city centre and not go to work. All schools are closed.

There has also been flashpoints of chaos from Banff and Canmore and Crowsnest Pass in the Rockies and south to Lethbridge. More than a dozen towns declared states of emergency, with entire communities including High River and Bragg Creek under mandatory evacuation orders.

A submerged police car in the neighbourhood of Sunnyside in Calgary. Credit: REUTERS/Todd Korol

A spokesperson for Defence Minister Peter MacKay said about 354 soldiers are being deployed to the entire flood zone.

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