Flood Update for Calgary and Southern Alberta

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High River Alberta Flooding
High River Alberta is about 80km south of Calgary

CALGARY – The scope of the flood damage in Southern Alberta is not yet know. There are other issues to deal with as well. In Turner Valley a Sour Gas leak caused massive concern. Residents in Turner Valley were, at one point today told they would have to stay indoors for forty-eight hours. 

In Canmore, Black Diamond, High River, Bragg Creek, the flood damage is extensive. 

Southern Alberta Flood Report

In Canmore, the town reports, “

Last bus is leaving east side of Cougar Creek at 8:30pm.  This will be the last opportunity to evacuate that area.  Canmore Collegiate High School is evacuation centre.  Elevation Place is no longer evacuation centre. 

Big thanks everyone for all the offers to volunteer! Right now we are just trying to manage the emergency situation, but when we are ready for volunteer efforts, we will let you know. The generosity of this community is AMAZING!”

 

Many of the initial people who were evacuated this morning went to a friend or family member’s house.  We want to register everyone who has been evacuated so that we know where home owners are.  We are asking everyone who has left their homes to email the Town at canmoreflood2013@canmore.ca

  1.  Their address
  2. Where they are staying now

The conditions in Morley Alberta are not known yet. 

Bragg Creek

Flood Update Calgary

Environment Canada is reporting that the rain should start tapering off. An intense low pressure system has positioned itself over Southern Alberta and will remain in place into Friday. Rain continues through the Nordegg, Banff and Kananaskis regions. Heavy downpours have already produced over 100 mm in the Kananaskis and Nordegg regions. Another 30 to 60 mm is forecast for tonight through Friday. As the low slowly weakens tonight and Friday, accumulations will gradually taper off.

Rainfall amounts through the last 36 hours (as of 3 PM):

Livingstone………….150.0 mm Bow Valley…………..126.1 mm Nordegg……………..101.4 mm Crowsnest……………91.4 mm Brocket……………..83.2 mm Claresholm…………..74.6 mm Black Diamond………..72.4 mm Lethbridge…………..67.8 mm Sundre………………67.2 mm Banff……………….61.9 mm Pincher Creek………..57.2 mm Calgary int’l’arpt……38.0 mm

Rainfall warnings have been ended in Calgary and Claresholm. Showers are still expected with 10 to 25 mm forecast by Friday evening. 

Calgary Exhibition and Stampede

  • The Calgary Stampede is a key stakeholder in the City of Calgary’s emergency response centre. We have activated our Emergency Management System at the Calgary Stampede.
  • Our Park is in an identified flood plain and we anticipate being impacted by rising waters, if and when the rivers rise overnight and in the coming 36 hour period.
  • We have the potential of water flowing into certain low-lying areas of our Park. That may impact Park access for up to 36 hours. Parking conditions may be poor or limited due to standing water. Access to the Park may be limited or restricted due to road and bridge closures in the area.
  • Power at Stampede Park may be interrupted during this period in various areas of our site.
  • Our staff members are already preparing our site by removing assets from low ground and deploying sandbags and sand-sacks.

High River Alberta

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Banff Alberta

Latest update from Parks Canada: They’re going to open one westbound lane of the Trans-Canada Highway at 8 p.m. (moderate confidence level) Motorists will be able to travel west to Golden. The highway eastbound from Banff remains closed. Please consult http://www.drivebc.ca/ for road conditions west and south of Golden.

Banff reports no danger from serious flooding.

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