Calgary, Southern Alberta flooding closes multiple campuses

June 21, 2013

Southern Alberta was hit with extreme rain and severe flooding late last week, resulting in widespread evacuations, campus closures, and states of local emergency, particularly in Calgary. Early Friday afternoon, uCalgary, SAIT, Mount Royal U, and Bow Valley College all announced their campuses would be closed and locked down for the weekend, classes and exams were cancelled.  SAIT announced almost immediately that it would stay closed today and Tuesday, to reopen Wednesday. BVC took their Blackboard and email servers offline to prevent data loss, since their campus was without power.  Lethbridge College cancelled classes Friday afternoon only, while uLethbridge remained open and reported “negligible” effects on campus.  As of Saturday evening, other communities across Alberta were still bracing themselves for potential flooding: although RDC’s campus remained open, sandbagging was under way in Red Deer; MHC remained open, but Medicine Hat was preparing for flood protocols; and Alberta Environment had issued a flood watch for Edmonton, among other regions.  No details or estimates of campus flood damage have been released yet.  uCalgary emergency advisory  |  SAIT flood update  |  MRU advisory  |  BVC advisory