CALGARY – There is a mandatory evacuation underway in parts of Calgary. The Elbow River in the city is expected to crest well above flood levels seen as recently as 2005. Flooding west of Calgary in the town of Canmore has already caused damage.
State of Emergency Declared in Calgary
The Mayor of Calgary, Naheed Nenshi has stated that the Emergency Services and Emergency planning is the best in the world.
High River, south of Calgary is also under an evacuation order. There is already flooding in Bragg Creek west of Calgary.
The province has experienced massive rainfall in recent days.
Highways in many parts of Southern Alberta are closed. In the Kananaskis Valley, a mudslide near the Fortress Mountain Junction has closed Highway 40. The Trans-Canada Highway
Alberta Premier Alison Redford states, ““I’ve been following today’s events with great concern, and my heart goes out to the many Albertans who have been evacuated due to the floods that are affecting much of Southern and Central Alberta today. I strongly encourage everyone to follow the public safety orders of their municipalities. If you are being ordered to evacuate, please do so for your own safety.
“My deepest thanks to all the volunteers, and municipal and provincial officials who have been coordinating emergency operations efforts, both on the ground and in the emergency operations centre. I know the Alberta Emergency Management Agency is coordinating the government’s response and officials will be working around the clock to manage the situation and keep Albertans safe.
“I plan to visit the affected areas as soon as possible on Friday to see the situation first hand and to thank those who have been working so hard at keeping every one safe.”
Police Service, Calgary Fire Department, Animal & Bylaw Services, Calgary Search and Rescue, Canada Task Force 2 and The City’s Corporate Security team have started going door to door in those communities to notify residents of the evacuation.
Call your family together to decide what you will take. Pack enough clothes, prescription medicine, personal identification and other essential items to last at least one week.
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• drive through the areas and announce the evacuation on a public address system
• go door to door to inform residents about the evacuation
• check each building to ensure no one remains in the evacuation areas
• seal off and patrol the areas to prevent unauthorized entry
• Arrange for electricity and gas to be turned off in the evacuated areas.
• Install the cap in the basement sewer floor drain if you don’t have a mechanical back flow prevention device in place.
• Move valuables such as photographs and personal and legal documents, from the basement or a lower floor to an upper floor.
• Remove newspapers from basements because wet newspaper can stain carpets with ink
• Listen to local radio and television stations for further updates.
• Visit The City of Calgary’s website for information, at www.calgary.ca.
• Do not use the phone unless you are requesting help or reporting an important event.
• Unnecessary phone calls could overload the telephone system and limit the authorities’ ability to communicate.