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John Walter was woken by a phone call at 2am on June 27, 1915. “My God, Edmonton, look out; the river is up 20 feet and still jumping!” This warning from Rocky Mountain House was the first notice that a massive flood was on the way to Edmonton.

Over the next several days the North Saskatchewan River rose steadily, until finally peaking at ten meters above its normal level. This was Edmonton’s worst flood in recorded history. Thankfully, there was no loss of life, however it is estimated that 2000 people were displaced, 50 buildings were destroyed, and over 700 homes submerged.

Watch a short film about the flood and its aftermath.
Explore industry in Edmonton’s river valley at the time of the flood through these interactive maps.
See a selection of archival images of the flood and its aftermath.

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City of Edmonton Archives

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