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Calgary Stampede to go ahead, despite flood damage
Chandra Lye, CTV Edmonton
Published Saturday, June 22, 2013 5:23PM MDT
Last Updated Saturday, June 22, 2013 6:33PM MDT
Flooding that has ripped through several Albertan communities didn’t leave the Stampede grounds dry but Calgary Mayor, Naheed Nenshi, said that won’t stop the show.
“We're Calgarians, we're going to make it work. It may look different, but the show will go on,” he said Saturday.
“I tweeted the folks at Alberta Boot today that I need to find some time to get a new pair of brown cowboy boots because I am going to need them in 13 days,” he added.
Officials said that heavy machines have already moved into the area.
“We can get into some of the facilities that have been less damaged by the water and begin cleanup efforts so that's happening,” Kurt Kadatzh with the Calgary Stampede said.
Event officials told CTV News it was still too early to determine if the schedule would have to be modified.
The event brings in about $345 million each year.
With files from Amanda Anderson
The Calgary Stampede grounds were covered in water Saturday.