Flooding forces thousands to evacuate in Canada

Massive flooding in western Canada is forcing thousands to evacuate their homes.

According to CBC News:

Residents in several low-lying communities in Calgary have been ordered to leave their homes due to heavy rains, floods and the potential of high river flows.

Evacuations from areas along the Elbow River were ordered for six communities: Mission, Elbow Park, Stanley Park, Roxboro, Rideau and Discovery Ridge. Those areas are being evacuated immediately, with Calgary police going door to door telling people to leave.

Residents are being encouraged to find shelter with family or friends for the next 72 hours minimum. Reception centres have been set up for those who cannot find places to go.

City officials have warned that the magnitude of the flood could be worse than that of 2005.

A state of emergency has been declared in Calgary and several other communities in Alberta .

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