WATCH: Premier Redford addresses flooding in Southern Alberta
UPDATE AT 4:10 p.m. MT
Tsuu T’ina Nation
The nation helped reinforce and protect the berm that protected Redwood Meadows, resulting in no property loss. The Nation remains under a state of emergency, and over 100 residents have been displaced.
They are hosting a benefit concert to raise money for flood victims, featuring acts such as Susan Aglukark and Michelle Thrush among others.
Those who would like to donate to the community can go to:
Peace Hills Trust
8408 Elbow Drive S.W.
MD of Foothills
The following areas that were under a mandatory evacuation notice have been cleared for re-entry:
Three Point Creek and Ware Creek
North of the Sheep River, from Okotoks town limits to 144 Street West
Homes along the Elbow River, Fish Creek, Priddis Creek, Bow River
Homes along the south side of the Highwood River from High River town limits to Kananaskis
A fire ban is also in effect for the entire municipality.
All Foothills School Division schools along with Canmore and High River schools in the Christ the Redeemer School Division will be closed for the remainder of the school year, along with Canadian Rockies Schools and Our Lady of the Snows Catholic School.
Students will be able to write Diploma Exams. Click here for more information.
BOIL WATER ADVISORIES:
- Lake Louise Ski Resort
- Town of High River (all users of the Town of High River Drinking Water Supply)
- Harvie Heights Water System in the Municipal District of Big Horn
- Water users east of Cougar Creek in the neighbourhood of Cougar Creek (located in Canmore, AB).
- The Elk Run Industrial area, in Canmore, AB
- The Kananaskis Water System, including Kananaskis Village, Kananaskis Golf Course, Mt. Kidd RV Park and Boundary Ranch
ROAD CLOSURES: CALGARY AREA
- Hwy 22 from Turner Valley to Black Diamond (black diamond to 22x)
- Hwy 532 – gravel road (west of Hwy 22 at Chain Lakes)
- Hwy 1A Morley to Canmore – closure due to Cougar Creek
- Hwy 1 from hwy 40 to Banff Gates.
- Hwy 758 through Bragg Creek (note: road is gone)
- Powderface Trail – gravel road
- Hwy 40 to Smith Dorian
- Hwy 66 – south west of Bragg Creek (bridge falling into river)
- Bridge file 72292 – local bridge over Elbow River just past Bragg Creek Village – going to west Bragg Creek – abutments washing out
- Hwy 547 – south of Gleichen (between 901 and 24 at Arrowwood)
- Fallen Timer, Portier and other roads to recreation areas in the Kananaskis region are impassible
- Forestry Road
- Maclean Creek
- Hwy 541 Longview to Highway 40
- Highway 842 from Hwy 1 closed over Bow River bridge
- Hwy 532 closed (Forestry Trunk road)
- Hwy 546 west of Sandy McNabb closed at winter gates.
LIVE BLOG: Find out the latest updates on flooding in Southern Alberta
Updated on Friday
Officials reported a significant jump in river levels on Friday afternoon, and work crews were been ordered to leave the townsite immediately. RCMP are working to get people out of their homes, as a result of an emergency evacuation.
The river has not risen since the last update. Power remains on.
Reinforcement of the berm on Redwood Meadows Drive is holding and we have additional crews prepared to work through the evening. Currently there are over 10 dump trucks, 4 bulldozers and 3 track-hoes working on that one patch with over 50 loads of clay, rip rap, cement blocks and pitrun dumped there just since this morning.
Black Diamond residents forced from homes due to flooding
Some residents in Black Diamond have been asked to leave their homes and head for a reception centre, as the town is now under a critical alert for flooding.
Officials say there is an increasing amount of water traveling across land, leading to flooding. About 40 homes are affected, along with several businesses.
The flooding begins near the Foothills Lions Campground, where Highway 22 has been closed.
Residents west of 1st Street S.W. are being asked to evacuate to a reception centre located at the Oilfields Regional Arena.
“As people get evacuated for their homes, they’re told to come up here,” explains councillor Michel Jackson. “We provide them with blankets, towels, food and if the need arises that we need to break out cots…we’ll turn it into a hotel.”
Power outages are expected to follow. It’s not known when residents will be allowed back. Residents say it’s the worst flooding they’ve seen in years.
WATCH: David Boushy reports on the evacuation in Black Diamond.
There are very elevated water levels in the Bow River that will create dangerous situations that will lead to flooding. There is an evacuation in effect for residents of Eden Valley, Bighorn and Morley.
Reception Centres have been opened at the following areas:
Residents of Bighorn are to go to the school.
Residents of Eden Valley are to go to the school. The phone number for the Eden Valley School is: 403-558-2480.
Residents of Morley are to go to the old school. The phone number for the old school is: 403-881-2755.
If you require assitance, please call Marcel Dubois at: 403-862-8170.
Not only did residents have to contend with a sour gas leak, they also saw flooding in the area.
Dead Man’s Flats
Cochrane – High water levels
There are elevated water levels in streams, rivers, and other bodies of water that may create dangerous situations or lead to flooding.
Residents in the area of Jumping Pound Creek and Bow Meadows should take all necessary precautions. There is no evacuation in effect at this time.
There is a high stream advisory in the Town of Cochrane, but no evacuation for Cochrane at this time. Neighboring communities are being evacuated to Cochrane and a reception centre has been set up at Frank Mills Hall at 405 1 Street East, next to the RCMP station.
Lethbridge power outage
The City of Lethbridge has officially declared a local state of emergency. Ensures resources available to ensure safety in river valley power.
Chain Lakes has declared a state of emergency. There has been major flooding in the area, prompting a number of road closures.
Crowsnest Pass bridges closed
There are elevated water levels in streams, rivers, and other bodies of water which have created dangerous situations and flooding.
Several homes are being evacuated in the vicinity of 133rd and 20 Avenue.
Road bridges on 19th, 20th, and 21st Avenue have been closed. Oldman River Dam flood gates have been opened to alleviate upstream water flows.
Coleman Sports Complex is being opened as a Reception Centre for affected residents.
Sandbags are available from Blairmore Fire Hall.
The town of Sundre declared a local state of emergency on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. due to flooding along the Red Deer River. A mandatory evacuation on the town’s east side, and low-lying areas on the west side have been ordered.
Olds College has been set up as a reception area for evacuees. For more information, call 403-638-3551.