Floods beginning with heavy rainfall on June 19 shut down parts of southern Alberta, Canada, including a Cargill plant, but area livestock producers must wait to measure losses.
Flooding damaged rural and city areas alike last week leaving parts of downtown Calgary under water and without power. Area livestock producers near river banks and creeks were forced to move animals to higher ground and away from danger.
According to Bloomberg, Agriculture Minister Verlyn Olson said the extent of the damage will be unknown until waters recede. About 40 percent of the country’s cattle herds reside in Alberta.
The disaster covered roads with water which forced Cargill to close its beef processing plant at High River, Alberta since Friday. Reuters reports business at the facility, which slaughters 4,500 cattle daily, is expected to resume Tuesday.
Despite the water, Calgary plans to host the annual Stampede festival on July 5. The 10-day festival draws around a million people and brings $320 million to the city’s economy.