Flooding Forces Thousands Out of Homes in Canada

About 75,000 affected in Calgary, Alberta


By turns shocked and amused, Calgary, Alberta, residents watched Friday as muddy brown water flowed through the streets of Canada's "Cowtown," part of a monstrous flood that has forced tens of thousands from their homes yet hasn't caused a single injury.

"I don't think anybody's ever seen water flow through the streets," Calgary resident Rylan Broadbent told CNN Friday after evacuating his apartment building in the Erlton neighborhood, next to the overflowing Elbow River.

Others were more melancholy about the scope of the flooding, which forced about 75,000 residents out of their homes, transformed many streets into flowing rivers and left the heart of the city largely deserted.