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Crews work on the washed out Trans-Canada Highway during heavy flooding in Canmore, Alta. Friday. Soldiers at CFB Shilo are on standby in case they are needed in the province.

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Crews work on the washed out Trans-Canada Highway during heavy flooding in Canmore, Alta. Friday. Soldiers at CFB Shilo are on standby in case they are needed in the province.

Several hundred soldiers at CFB Shilo are on standby in case they’re needed in flood-ravaged Alberta.

Calgary has been dealing with overflowing water from both the Bow and Elbow rivers that run through the city and converge downtown. Torrential rainfalls on Thursday left much of Calgary and surrounding areas under water, displacing more than 75,000 people.

"The two main units have been put on a notice to move," said Lori Truscott, public affairs officer for CFB Shilo. "But we haven’t received notice to move yet."

More than a dozen towns are in declared states of emergency. Entire communities, including High River and Bragg Creek, near Calgary were under mandatory evacuation orders.

Troops in Calgary are already responding alongside other emergency personnel, and Shilo troops are the next wave if necessary.

— Brandon Sun

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