CALGARY – Numerous communities throughout southern Alberta have declared a state of emergency amid concerns over flooding.
Areas under a State of Emergency
MD of Taber, Town of Magrath, Fort Macleod, Coaldale, Medicine Hat and the Blood Tribe Reserve.
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MD of Taber
The Municipal District of Taber declared a State of Local Emergency at 10:45 a.m. on Thursday, June 19th, due to overland flooding.
No evacuations are expected.
Town of Magrath
The Town of Magrath declared a State of Local Emergency at 10:27 a.m. on Thursday, June 19th due to excessive rainfall and associated flooding.
The Town’s drinking water is fine, however, the public is requested to minimize sanitary sewer usage.
On Friday, officials issued on a mandatory restriction on all car washes and laundry facilities, and shut down the local swimming pool.
Visit its website for more information.
The Town of Fort Macleod declared a State of Emergency at 8:50 p.m. on Wednesday, June 18th.
A local State of Emergency was declared in the Town of Coaldale at 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday. Several homes in the community are reported to have sewer backup and flooding.
The city of Medicine Hat declared a State of Local Emergency on Tuesday, June 17th.
As of Sunday, the South Saskatchewan River was flowing at 2,385 m³/s.
Officials say that level is far below what the river peaked at during flooding in 2013.
This year’s peak river flow was recorded at 1 a.m. on Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 2,980 m³/s.
Blood Tribe Reserve
A State of Local Emergency remains in effect.
About 435 people have been evacuated, but only 96 homes were impacted by flooding. The rest of the homes were evacuated due to leaks in roofs, windows and doors.
The Red Cross has moved in to help affected residents.
On Friday, efforts shifted into recovery mode.
For anyone that would like to contribute food items, clothing, and monetary donations to the Blood Tribe flood victims, you can contact Tia Fox at the Blood Tribe Food Bank at 403-360-9147 or 403-737-2888.
Visit their Facebook page for more information.
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