As flood waters raged through southern Alberta this week, so too did farm equipment sales at the Farm Progress Show in Regina.
But for those vendors and attendees from Southern Alberta, the back of their minds were full of thoughts about what waited for them at home. Many had family or friends who had been evacuated or had their own homes threatened by floodwaters.
Record levels of Alberta flood waters flowing into Saskatchewan have caused the City of Saskatoon to brace for possible flooding.
The City will restrict access to low lying areas along the Meewasin Valley Trail starting Saturday at 3 p.m.
Residents won't be able to access Spadina Crescent and the MWT at Ravine Drive, the lower trail along the Mendal Art Gallery - including the ferry and lookout - and the River Landing lower trail between the Traffic Bridge and Sid Buckwold Bridge.
As water streams into the South Saskatchewan River from Alberta, the province of Saskatchewan will be evacuating the community of Cumberland House as they plan to open floodgates to let more water out of Lake Diefenbaker.
Saskatchewan’s Water Security Agency (SWSA) said in a press release that rainfall in Alberta is causing the South Saskatchewan River to flow at more than 12 times its average rate.
Due to the state of emergency resulting from extensive flooding in southern Alberta, the Banff Marathon Organizing Committee has announced the cancellation of the inaugural Banff Marathon.
The decision came after reviewing many factors including safety, accessibility to Banff, the condition of the race route, and the allocation of local resources.
Although conditions in the national park itself are currently not as severe as surrounding areas to the east, access to Banff has been compromised by faults in the Trans-Canada Highway, the main artery into the park.
The river flow rate for the South Saskatchewan is expected to double and reach 900 cubic metres per second over the weekend.
But Saskatoon Fire and Protective services points to 2011, where the river flow reached 1650 cubic metres per second.
Still, the public is asked to stay away from the river for safety reasons. In addition to a strong current, debris in the water can cause injury and damage boats.
As flood waters washed out highways by Canmore and flooded the town of High River, Calgary began evacuations Thursday night.
Tracy Watson has lived in Calgary for 20 years and says she has never seen a situation this scary.
"Everything has happened extremely fast, so it's quite unbelievable," she said over the phone from her home early Friday morning.
For her, it started getting serious around supper time on Thursday when she learned that schools were closed.
"We're not going to work today, that's for sure.”
Hundreds of thousands of people in Alberta can't go home and have nothing to take with them thanks to the flooding, but the Red Cross has already sprung into action.
If people in Saskatchewan want to help Kim MacLean, the provincial disaster management lead with Canadian Red Cross, said financial donations are best.
Flood waters hit southern Alberta hard and fast on Thursday washing out roads, houses and forcing thousands to evacuate.
The communities hit the hardest were High River, Canmore and 100,000 people are being evacuated from the low-lying areas of Calgary.
The rain and rising water levels washed out bridges and prevented people from returning to their homes in Alberta today.
Bragg Creek, just west of Calgary, the Elbow River swelled, taking out houses and cars, and causing a mandatory evacuation order of the hamlet of 600.
“The river has never been like this, I watched a house get picked up and get slammed into the concrete bridge, the center abutment. It got slammed in there and it broke apart like it was a little toy,” said Tom Walker, a photographer and resident of the area.
Heavy rainfall in Alberta has lead to a disastrous flood that has overtaken a number of communities in the south eastern portion of the province.
Six communities in Calgary were evacuated Thursday afternoon, along with Lethbridge County, Black Diamond and the municipal district of Foothills. Also seeing heavy floods were Canmore and High River, AB, where former News Talk Radio reporter David Fraser found himself in trouble has he covered the ongoing disaster for the Calgary Herald.