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(CTV News)   Calgary Stampede to proceed despite heavy floods. Great turnout expected for new dolphin roping event   (ctvnews.ca) divider line 14
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2013-06-24 04:42:54 PM  
2 votes:
Damn straight. This city makes me so proud.

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2013-06-24 04:12:34 PM  
2 votes:
This biggest issue for the Stampede will be power.  The Midway is a huge electricity hog, and there's so much dmaged power infrastructure that I wouldn't be surprised to see it vastly down-scaled.
The water has already pretty much subsided from the site, and the clean-up can begin.  The Dome will not be ready for any concerts, so expect some venuse changes.

There are definitely a large number of people with a lot of damage to recover from, but we didn't even come close to the type of carnage that the town of High River a few miles tot he south had.  Nearly a total loss.

Personally, I avoid Stampede like the plague.  I am the quintissential "un-Cowboy", so all the western shiat doesn't appeal to me.  I have issues with some Rodeo events and the Chuckwagon races, so I never attend those, the midway is crap if you've ever been to a decent theme park, and the crowds are ridiculous.  "Stampede Week" at my house is the week we head out to the cottage at the lake every year, and this time will be no exception.

For me, the real story of the past few days has been the different attitudes of various groups.  I am a trucking manager, and I have customers who are absolutely stupid.  They can't grasp that roads no longer exist or that certain areas are closed off.  They're so farking self-absorbed that they can't fathom that moving their box of grommets from one podunk town to another isn't the number one priority on earth.  Compare that with the general population who, for the most part, have followed instructions, moved when they were told to, and basically helped prevent a bad situation from getting even worse.  Or consider our Mayor, who has won universal praise for his calm professionalism, knowledge of the situation, common-sense approach to the problems and constant presence.  He's shown himself to be a friggin' miracle worker when it comes to coordinating all the resources.  (To be fair, he's got some pretty good people on his team, too.)

I had to leave for one night, but was back home the next day with no damage or even iany major inconveience.  So I've had the luxury of just taking it all in.  The different reactions of people with different agendas has been a fascinating thing to watch.
2013-06-24 04:49:31 PM  
1 votes:
I am already training to resume my favorite sport during Stampede week.

EPIC BINGE MARATHON DRINKING.
/One of the reasons I picked to live downtown
//Go home tomorrow
///Will make the scenic trek through Medicine Hat from Saskatoon to see some other crazy river sights along the way.
2013-06-24 04:33:10 PM  
1 votes:
The_Fuzz:
At this point I'd be surprised if anyone even tried to run against him.  It'd be like tossing money in the Bow.

THIS.  WIth the election coming up this fall, that's one opularity current I wouldn't want to swim against.  Besides, he's shown he's a formidable adminstrator, and that's going to be what's needed for a while.

Best line of the weekend from the Mayor, as he was winding up a 43-hour stretch without a break:  "The Calgary public library wants to reassure you they won't charge you for books damaged by flooding.  So, if you accidentally dropped a book in the tub last week, now's your chance."  Comedy gold.
2013-06-24 04:26:52 PM  
1 votes:
TheKingOfMexico:
And that's quite right about Mayor Nenshi. That dude owned the situation. I've heard some grumbling about the cops (not from me, they were excellent during my interaction), but not one bad word about the Mayor's handling of things. Big Canadian city mayors needed some good press for a change.

I'm sure if you checked in the Calgary Sun comment section you could find a few negative words.  I'm not going to risk my IQ checking myself, mind you.

At this point I'd be surprised if anyone even tried to run against him.  It'd be like tossing money in the Bow.
2013-06-24 04:25:33 PM  
1 votes:
The water thankfully never got even close to me in Haysboro. I do Backup / DR work for a living though, so the next little while is going to be plenty busy.

The stampede doesn't do it for me, but I do tip my (non-cowboy) hat to the "Hell or High Water" posters about stampede.
2013-06-24 04:21:09 PM  
1 votes:

The_Fuzz: Calgary Farkers?  Paging all Calgary Farkers....everyone make it out OK?  I'm up by McKnight and JLB, so stayed plenty dry.


I was evacuated for one night and without power for about 20 hours. Closest flood water was about four blocks as the crow flies, but I was more worried about sewer backups. Didn't happen in the end.

And that's quite right about Mayor Nenshi. That dude owned the situation. I've heard some grumbling about the cops (not from me, they were excellent during my interaction), but not one bad word about the Mayor's handling of things. Big Canadian city mayors needed some good press for a change.
2013-06-24 04:13:48 PM  
1 votes:

The_Fuzz: Calgary Farkers?  Paging all Calgary Farkers....everyone make it out OK?  I'm up by McKnight and JLB, so stayed plenty dry.


The army took over my street to fix the Douglasdale Substation, but that's it.  Water never got closer than a hundred yards form  my house (and about 30 feet vertically).
2013-06-24 03:57:45 PM  
1 votes:
Calgary Farkers?  Paging all Calgary Farkers....everyone make it out OK?  I'm up by McKnight and JLB, so stayed plenty dry.
2013-06-24 03:52:38 PM  
1 votes:

Russ1642: It'll be like the coliseum. Flood it and stage some naval battles.


Already done.

www.660news.com

The NHL hockey arena in Stampede Park was flooded up to 20 feet. The Calgary Flames rep called it an "event level total loss" during a press conference the other day. Locker rooms, kitchens, video board control room, ice-making equipment, the bottom ten rows of seats... everything. KISS, Rush and a few other big shows were supposed to set up in the 'dome over the next few weeks, and it will be a miracle if they can get her in shape for 20,000 fans, much less big stage concerts.

It's been a stressful few days for those of us anywhere near the rivers here in Calgary, but Stampede Park seemed to be the epicenter of the flooding. The city has been begging looky-loos to stay away from the areas of carnage, so I haven't seen it in person, but the endless cavalcade of TV and internet images make me wonder about how the Stampede will work this year.
2013-06-24 03:36:51 PM  
1 votes:
It'll be like the coliseum. Flood it and stage some naval battles.
2013-06-24 03:24:35 PM  
1 votes:
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2013-06-24 03:24:06 PM  
1 votes:
Someone better put out an alert to American tourists that they might run into drunk people telling them about the Stampede.  We would not want to see the tourists afraid for their lives over this.
2013-06-24 03:17:48 PM  
1 votes:
Canada fark YEAH!
 
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