CALGARY – Flood waters continue to impact Southern Alberta. Residents from several communities remain under a mandatory evacuation order. In Calgary, there are road closures, suspension of C-Train service in flood impacted areas, and the city remains in a state of emergency.
Environment Canada is calling for periods of rain today in Calgary with amounts totalling 10 to 15 mm. Winds from the north 30 km/h gusting to 50. The high for the day is forecast for 11c.
Flood Waters Hammer Alberta
Communities on a mandatory evacuation order: Beltline, Bonnybrook, Bowness, Bridgeland Industrial Area, Chinatown/Eau Claire, Cliff Bungalow, Deer Run, Discovery Ridge, Downtown/East Village, Elbow Park, Erlton, Inglewood, Hillhurst, Mission, Montgomery, Quarry Park, Rideau, Riverbend, Riverdale, Roxboro, Stanley Park/Elboya, Sunnyside, Victoria Park, Westmount and Windsor Park.
In Calgary, the City Police have updated their list of evacuated neighbourhoods. (Visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/calgarypolice/sets/72157634239112911/)
In Calgary, the Police are also assisting the Calgary Zoo in the evacuation of some animals. The big cats, have been moved to cells in the city’s court house.
Mayor Nenshi is calling for people to avoid the downtown in Calgary today as there will be a number of road closures.
The Red Cross of Alberta is currently working to assess the needs of High River Evacuees in Dewinton Blackie, and Nanton. Corrie Butler, communications coordinator for the Red Cross says that the priority at this time is providing cots, hygiene kits and blankets to the shelters.
Butler says that they are working on setting up a family reunification connection which will operate chiefly through www.RedCross.ca but will be complemented with a call centre.
High River Update
As of 22:30MDT on June 20, High River remained under a state of emergency. TheEmergency Operations Centre remains working on a re-entry plan. Presently, residents cannot return to their homes.
Emergency services and Canadian Forces are evacuating stranded residents using helicopters and boats. River forecasters state that the river peaked at 19:29MDT. The weather forecast is calling for 15-30 more mm of rain to fall Friday.
Black Diamond Update
The evacuation order remains in effect. Please await further instructions regarding re-entering your homes at this time. Do not try to return to your homes without authorization by emergency personnel.
Concerns have arisen that some of the berms currently in place near the river may not remain intact. If the berms fail, flood waters will most likely come back into Town. Town staff and emergency personnel are currently working in attempts to secure those barriers until river levels recede further.
Erosion of the river banks has also exposed fibre-optic lines located near the river. We are working with those officials to try to ensure that those lines of communication are not compromised.
Please keep your radio’s tuned to the Eagle 100.9fm for updates, should the digital forms of communication fail, the Town Office will make attempts to communicate via other methods with the radio station to keep our residents informed.
The Trans Canada Highway westbound from Norquay Road exit in Banff is open to Golden, BC. The eastbound highway to Canmore remains closed until further notice. No timeline is provided for eastbound reopening.