Canada Alberta Calgary Floods June 20, 2013

Highways have been rendered useless in parts of Southern Alberta where flooding is too high for residents to drive and escape raging rivers. In Calgary, the effects of flooding could be worse than the major flood events of 2005. Here are some of the most dramatic images from around the province.

From last week

Fort McMurray Flooding Emphasizes Tar Sands’ Threat to Mackenzie River Basin

Desmog Blog – June 13, 2013: Record flooding in the heart of the Alberta tar sands dramatically illustrates their threat to Canada’s ‘Serengeti’, the Mackenzie River basin. Only days before this week’s flooding in Fort McMurray, a panel of international science experts warned that the nearly 200 square kilometres of toxic wastewater lakes near rivers like the Athabasca pose a direct threat one of the world’s most important ecosystems.

“What happens in the Mackenzie River Basin has global consequences,” Henry Vaux, a resource economist at the University of California told DeSmog.

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