Calgary Flooding: Up To 100,000 Evacuations, Western Canada Declares State Of Emergency [RAW VIDEO]

By Staff Reporter on June 21, 2013 12:03 PM EDT

Canmore flood
Canmore flood victims look on to their ravaged homes below (Photo: YouTube)

Calgary flooding peaked around noon on Friday as torrential rain and widespread flooding throughout western Canada.

Torrential rain struck western areas including southern Alberta and isolated mountain resort towns of Banff and Canmore on Thursday. The severe Calgary flooding has not only forced the closure of the Trans-Canada Highway, but may also prompt the evacuation of as many as 100,000 Canadian residents. Many downtown neighborhoods were ordered for evacuation as at least 12 communities declare a state of emergency.

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"I woke up at about three o'clock in morning to the sound of this kind of rumbling, and it was the creek," described Wade Graham, a resident of Canmore. "At first it was just intense, pretty powerful, amazing thing to watch. As daylight came, it just got bigger and bigger and wider and wider, and it's still getting bigger and bigger and wider and wider."

He added, "I watched a refrigerator go by, I watched a shed go by, I watched couches go by. It's insane."

An extremely dangerous flood that washed out roads and bridges, at least one person is missing, reports CS Monitor. According to STARS air ambulance spokesman Cam Heke, a woman was stranded on a flooding roadway and climbed to the top of a trailer. Unfortunately, she was swept away and has gone missing.

Helicopters were dispatched to the scene as first responders hoisted a number of motorists were trapped by raging floods overnight on Wednesday.

Motorboats also reached stranded victims near High River as well. "We have people on their rooftops who were unable to evacuate fast enough," said RCMP Sgt. Patricia Neely.

Unfortunately, Calgary Emergency Management Agency director Bruce Burrell does not expect water levels on the Bow River to subside until Saturday afternoon.

"Depending on the extent of flooding we experience overnight, there may be areas of the city where people are not going to be able to get into until the weekend," said Burrell.

Watch the incredible footage of the devastating Calgary flooding below!

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