Floodwaters from the Bow River filled Scotiabank Saddledome up to the 10th row Friday, submerging the rink, the ice plant and several thousand of the 19,204 seats in the 30-year-old home of the Calgary Flames.
Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun reported that the dressing rooms, the Jumbotron nerve center, the Ed Whalen Lounge, and the Hot Stove Lounge are destroyed.
"It's shocking what we are looking at," Flames vice president of building operations Libby Raines told the Sun. "You're eyeballing it but there's a lot of water and it's up to the eighth, ninth or 10th row. However, from the last report it doesn't appear it has risen at all since then."
The Flames confirmed on their website that "there has been damage caused by flooding on the event level but the extent of flooding is not yet known." The team told employees to not come to work, and no pictures from the arena were available.
In addition to the Flames, the Saddledome is home to the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League and the Calgary Roughnecks of the National Lacrosse League. The building is owned by the city but operated by the Flames under terms of an agreement that expires in 2014.
Canadian Forces are deploying 1,200 troops to help in the worst-hit areas of Alberta, including the city. Roughly 100,000 people are set for evacuation in Calgary, according to reports.
Across southern Alberta, more than a dozen towns have declared states of emergency, and entire communities were under mandatory evacuation orders.
The Elbow River has crested and the Bow River was still rising, according to Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi. The region received more than 6 inches of rain during a slow-moving storm Wednesday and Thursday.
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