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Flames’ arena partially submerged as flood devastates Calgary

Jun 21, 2013, 12:26 PM EDT

The Scotiabank Saddledome — home of the Calgary Flames — is currently taking on water as severe flooding throughout Calgary continues to take its toll on a number of major buildings.

According to Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun, water has reached Row 10 of the stands with the dressing rooms, Jumbotron room and equipment storage facility all completely submerged.

Here are some still shots of the Saddledome, posted to Twitter by various users:

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In addition to the Flames, the Saddledome is also home to the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League and the Calgary Roughnecks of the National Lacrosse League.

More on this story as it develops.

  1. dadisthatu - Jun 21, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    looks like the water put the flames out!

    • kingcobraman - Jun 21, 2013 at 12:56 PM

      mother nature nails the coffin shut…. hahahaha … will there be a resurrection ?

      • Anoesis - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:25 PM

        Laughing at a city’s devastation. What a couple of chumps.

      • kingcobraman - Jun 21, 2013 at 5:47 PM

        relax its a joke about the sad state of the flames team not the people of Calgary… humour is always the best medicine….

  2. govtminion - Jun 21, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Wow… this is going to be expensive to clean up…

    Stay safe, Flames fans.

  3. bcsteele - Jun 21, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    So…if the Flames DID make the play offs…and DID make the final…what would be the solution to this problem?

    Sorry, I just have to think about these kind of things every now and then…

    • patmanbnl - Jun 21, 2013 at 8:32 PM

      You’d have to move the games, probably to Edmonton.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 22, 2013 at 3:00 AM

        There is precedent for such a thing, most recently in 1988 when Boston Garden blew a fuse during game 4 with the Oilers with the score 3-3. The series resumed in Edmonton for game 4B, and they wrapped up the only 4 game sweep that went 5 games.

  4. bigdaddykb - Jun 21, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    talk about a wet Flamer!!

  5. natlbnkilr - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    Talk about an insensitive bunch of pricks making fun of a situation like this. You know who you are… Having lived through my city being submerged in water… This is not a time for jokes and stupidity. Lives are being changed/destroyed. Maybe some of you need to loose everything you own to a natural disaster.

    • micasa81 - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:31 PM

      With your last sentence, I can’t help but picture somebody withdrawing their life savings in $100 bills and hurling it into a tornado.

      Kidding aside, I totally agree. Chin up, Calgary.

    • kingcobraman - Jun 24, 2013 at 12:36 PM

      go for a swim goof…

  6. jaysfan64 - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    Just awful what’s going on in Calgary …Albertans are tough and resilient and they’ll pull together to do what’s necessary..

  7. ibieiniid - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    dude. Jumbotron room? i gotta get one of those at my place.

    • rodeoclowndc - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:04 PM

      It’s where the controls and editing bays are. Which means it’s also likely where the datacenter (networking, servers, etc.) lives. That’s a total bummer.

      Really hope they get things straightened out. You’re in our thoughts.

  8. atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    I’ve never seen the rivers this flooded! During our once in 100 years flood in 2005 the Bow was at 250 cubic meters per second, this morning it was at 800. 100,000 people in the city (about 9% of the population) have been evacuated from their homes.

    But thanks for the tasteless jokes…

    • ray2013 - Jun 21, 2013 at 3:15 PM

      To see the Saddledome that much under water, it’s mindboggling. I hope you and your loved ones are safe and dry.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 21, 2013 at 4:22 PM

        Thanks man! The city did a great job of being proactive with the evacuations, despite the destruction it seems like there will be little if any in the way of physical harm done to any of the people in the city. I’m not a big fan of our mayor but he’s quarterbacking this situation like a champ, he’s pretty much guaranteeing himself reelection in October.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 22, 2013 at 3:03 AM

        Atwater, both Montreal and Toronto are hoping to sign your mayor as a free agent. Not the teams, the cities! They are kinda hurtin’ in the mayoral department of late.

    • ray2013 - Jun 22, 2013 at 12:52 AM

      That’s good to hear. Handled it a lot better than Slave Lake did then.

  9. timmons94 - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Holy cow the one picture out there where the water is up to the bridge is scary…. Here’s hoping the people of Calgary are safe. Floods are horrible.

  10. jkaflagg - Jun 21, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    Hang in there, Calgarians…..

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