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Rainfall records expected to be broken as heavy rains flood parts of Alberta

Flooding in High River, June 20, 2013.
Flooding in High River, June 20, 2013. David Moretta

TORONTO – Several areas of southwestern Alberta are under water as heavy rains continued into Thursday afternoon.

Banff broke its 24hr rainfall record this morning, recording 53.6 mm of rain. The previous record was 53.1 mm set on June 13, 1948. But more rain was forecast for Thursday into Friday.

According to Environment Canada, as of 3 p.m. the rainfall totals for Livingstone is 150mm; Bow Valley, 126.1; Nordegg, 101.4 mm; Crowsnest 91.4 mm; Brocket, 83.2 mm; Claresholm, 74.6mm; Diamond, 72.4 mm; Lethbridge, 67.8 mm; Sundre, 67.2 mm; Banff, 61.9 mm; Pincher Creek, 57.2 mm; Calgary International Airport, 38.0mm.

Rainfall warnings have been ended for Calgary and Claresholm, though they are still expecting 10 to 25 mm by Friday evening.

Environment Canada said that the foothills could expect another 30 to 50 mm on Thursday with another possible 50 to 100 mm on Friday.

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