Rivers receding in Calgary after flooding kills 3

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Associated Press

Posted on June 22, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Updated Saturday, Jun 22 at 12:00 PM

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — The two rivers that converge on the western Canadian city of Calgary are starting to recede, after floods devastated much of southern Alberta province, causing at least three deaths.

The flooding forced authorities to evacuate Calgary's entire downtown and hit some of the city's structures hard. The Saddledome, home to the National Hockey League's Calgary Flames, was flooded up to the 10th row, leaving the dressing rooms submerged.

The director of the city's emergency management agency says they are seeing improvements in the rivers today.

The director of water services for the city says the Elbow River is expected to recede by about 60 percent over the next two days, while the larger Bow river will recede by about 25 percent.

But Alberta Premier Alison Redford warns that communities downstream of Calgary have not yet felt the full force of the floodwaters. One of them, Medicine Hat, is under a mandatory evacuation order affecting 10,000 residents.

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071-a-13-(Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, with reporters)-"of the weather"-Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper says the level of flooding is "stunning." COURTESY: CTV ((mandatory on-air credit)) (22 Jun 2013)

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070-a-09-(Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, with reporters)-"get a sense"-Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he now has a better understanding of how widespread the flooding is after taking a helicopter tour over Calgary. COURTESY: CTV ((mandatory on-air credit)) (22 Jun 2013)

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APPHOTO VER302: Water rushes through what is left of Lions Park as the Sheep River flows through Okotoks, Alberta on Friday June 21, 2013 after the river overflowed its banks Thursday. The town remains on a flood watch. Floodwaters that devastated much of southern Alberta left at least two people dead and forced officials in the western Canadian city of Calgary on Friday to order the evacuation of its entire downtown, as the waters reached the 10th row of the city's hockey arena. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jordan Verlage) (21 Jun 2013)

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APPHOTO VER305: Displaced residents sleep on cots at the arena in Blackie, Alberta on Friday June 21, 2013 after the Highwood River, overflowed its banks Thursday. The Red Cross is using the arena to house evacuees of the High River flood. Floodwaters that devastated much of southern Alberta left at least two people dead and forced officials in the western Canadian city of Calgary on Friday to order the evacuation of its entire downtown, as the waters reached the 10th row of the city's hockey arena. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jordan Verlage) (21 Jun 2013)

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