Pursuant to Section 21 of the Emergency Management Act (R.S.A. 2000 Ch. D-13) and Section 4 of The City of Calgary Bylaw 25M2002, a State of Local Emergency (SOLE) has been declared in The City of Calgary effective 1016h, June 20, 2013.
The decision was made by Deputy Mayor Richard Pootmans and Ald. John Mar to declare a SOLE based on the potential severity of the incoming high river flows in conjunction with expected heavy rainfall.
The City of Calgary has begun to implement its flood response plans with the deployment of sandbags and temporary dams at key locations to protect property and infrastructure. The City is working to ensure the safety of Calgarians and asks for their patience and cooperation during this time.
Citizens are reminded to:
· Stay away from rivers and creeks as the water is rising and moving quickly, and banks may be unstable.
· Avoid storm water ponds and storm drains, and do not let children play near them.
· Do not drive through flooded areas such as underpasses.
· If you experience basement seepage or overland flooding, call 3-1-1 to report.
· If you or someone else is in imminent danger, call 9-1-1. Remember that 9-1-1 is for emergencies only; please use 3-1-1 for reporting non-emergency issues.
· Monitor local media and City of Calgary messages. For more information on flooding, visit calgary.ca/flooding.
The City continues to monitor flows and precipitation and will take appropriate action as required. Updates will be provided throughout the day. Please watch for updates at the City of Calgary Newsroom. Thank you!