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Memorable images of Okotoks and Black Diamond in the 2013 flood

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An aerial view of Okotoks from the Global One helicopter on June 21,2013. Global News
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Water rushes through what is left of Lions Park as the Sheep River flows through Okotoks, Alberta on Friday June 21, 2013 after it overflowed its banks. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jordan Verlage.
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An aerial view of Okotoks as the Sheep River overflowed its banks, June 21, 2013. Global News
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Floodwaters swamp a playground in Lions Park in Okotoks in June, 2013. Global News
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The Sheep River overflows its banks, flooding Lions Park in Okotoks. Global News
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Heavy equipment is used to clear flooded streets of debris in Okotoks during the June, 2013 flood. Global News
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Floodwaters inundate an underpass in Okotoks on June 21, 2013. Global News
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Two bystanders by the overflowing Sheep River in Okotoks on June 21, 2013. Global News
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Sandbags stacked in front of an Okotoks motel on June 21,2013.
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Trees are carried downstream in the Sheep River in Okotoks. Global News
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Water spews from an outflow pipe in downtown Okotoks on June 21,2013. Global News

The town of Okotoks, south of Calgary, escaped major damage in last year’s June floods, despite record flows in the Sheep River.

This was mostly due to flood prevention measures implemented after the southern Alberta flood in 2005.

Improvements were made to the storm sewer system so floodwaters could not flow through the sewers into downtown. A berm had also been built by Riverside Park.

The nearby town of Black Diamond didn’t suffer major damage either, but the Sheep River bridge connecting Black Diamond and Turner Valley was washed out, forcing people in the area to make an hour-long detour.

GALLERY: Images of Black Diamond in the 2013 flood

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One of two bridges in the Black Diamond/Turner Valley area that was washed out or damaged in the June floods in 2013. Global News
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A man in Black Diamond wades through knee-deep water/June 20, 2013. Global News
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Image of a flooded street in Black Diamond/June 20,2013. Global News
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The town of Black Diamond brought in heavy equipment in an attempt to divert the river. Global News
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The Black Diamond post office was one of several businesses in a strip mall that were flooded. Global News
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Four horses are led to safety by their owner south of Black Diamond/June 20,2013. Global News

Here’s a look “by the numbers” at the impact of the 2013 floods on Black Diamond and Turner Valley:

22 – The number of days it took to repair the Sheep River bridge that directly links Black Diamond and Turner Valley.

9,000 – The number of vehicles that use the bridge each day.

1,500 – The length in metres of a high volume fire hose used to transport water from Turner Valley to Black Diamond after the flood destroyed the town’s water treatment plant. It was later replaced by a permanent underground pipeline.

12 – The number of months water restrictions have been in effect in Black Diamond and Turner Valley.

5 –  The number of businesses damaged in Black Diamond, including the town’s dental clinic and post office, both in a strip mall.

66 – the number of camping spots flooded at Black Diamond’s only campground, resulting in financial losses for local businesses

300 – The length in metres of a dike built to protect the campground.

450 – The length in metres of a planned dike on the riverbank along Vales Greenhouse in Black Diamond.

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