Parts of Saddledome flooded

Updated: June 22, 2013, 8:22 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

CALGARY, Alberta -- Heavy rainfall forced two rivers to converge on the western Canadian city of Calgary over the weekend, resulting in severe flooding that caused at least three deaths and left the dressing rooms in the Scotiabank Saddledome, home to the Calgary Flames, under water.

The flooding forced authorities to evacuate Calgary's entire downtown and hit some of the city's structures hard. The Saddledome was flooded up to the 10th row.

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AP Photo/The Canadian Press/Jonathan HaywardFlood waters in Calgary submerged the Flames' dressing room, causing the team to acquire all new equipment.

"It is a total loss on the event level," Flames president Ken King tweeted on the team's Twitter account.

"We are going to be ready for the start of the season," King continued on the account. "We're ordering everything, including hockey equipment, right now."

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper called the flooding "stunning." Harper, a Calgary resident, said he never imagined there would be a flood of this magnitude in this part of Canada.

The director of the city's emergency management agency says they were seeing improvements in the rivers Saturday.

The director of water services for the city says the Elbow River is expected to recede by about 60 percent over the next two days, while the larger Bow river will recede by about 25 percent.

But Alberta Premier Alison Redford warns that communities downstream of Calgary have not yet felt the full force of the floodwaters. One of them, Medicine Hat, is under a mandatory evacuation order affecting 10,000 residents.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.