There is sad news coming out of Calgary today. Mother Nature has indeed been very unkind to Canada. As many as 100,000 residents in the Calgary area have been forced to evacuate due to intense flooding from the torrential rains and rising rivers.
TSN is reporting that parts of the Scotiabank Saddledome, home to the Calgary Flames have been ruined due to the flooding in Alberta.
According to several reports, the water has now reached the luxury boxes. The locker rooms are completely submerged. The JumboTron, as well as other equipment resting on the arena floor has been ruined thanks to the rising water in the building.
The Calgary Saddledome reported to be full of water up to the level of the luxury suites
— Lance Storm (@LanceStorm) June 21, 2013
This was a view of the Saddledome at 9:00 a.m. this morning.
— Eric Francis (@EricFrancis) June 21, 2013
Canadian forces are currently in the process of deploying 1,200 troops to help aid the relief effort in the hardest hit areas of Alberta according to TSN.
This is a time when all rivalries should be left on the ice and real life should be allowed to take over. Whether you are a loyal Flames fan, a proud fan of the Tampa Bay Lightning, or any other team in the NHL right now, this is the time where we all need to come together as one big hockey family and support each other in this time of need.
We here at Bolts By The Bay have not only the Calgary Flames organization, but all of the people in the community that are being affected by this flooding in our thoughts and prayers.