AMC’s period Western drama, ‘Hell On Wheels’ calls the Canadian city of Calgary home. The drama is shot on location near the Bow and Highwood rivers in Calgary, Alberta, and recent risky weather has forced production to be shut down.
The City of Calgary issued a mandatory evacuation order for 14 communities yesterday after massive flooding in many riverside Calgary communities across southern Alberta have threatened people, homes and businesses. City officials have said that upwards of 100,000 people could be affected by these evacuations, and included in this number is the cast and crew of ‘Hell On Wheels’.
Facing the threat of rising waters, ‘Hell On Wheels’ producers made the decision yesterday to evacuate the set of the show and move all their crew and equipment to higher ground. The series was in the middle of shooting episode 3.06 when production was forced to halt. Production is currently slated to begin again in two days; however, there is discussion about postponing filming until after the show’s scheduled hiatus, which begins next Thursday. The decision to move forward with filming will be based entirely on the level of damage caused to the set and surrounding area once the flood waters have receded. The set itself has yet to be affected by the flood, but the main road leading to it is currently under water.