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Municipal District of Taber Emergency Operations Center
MEDIA RELEASE - Overland Flooding
UPDATE: Thursday April 5, 2018 – 6:00 PM
Council of the Municipal District of Taber at a Special Meeting conducted Friday March 23, 2018 at 9:00 p.m. declared a local state of emergency within the M.D. of Taber as a result of overland flooding occurring in the entire area of the Municipal District of Taber south of the Oldman River.
The Municipal District of Taber Council has recently renewed the State of Local Emergency (SOLE) to include the entire Municipal District of Taber that took effect 2105 hrs March 30, 2018.This will renew the State of Local Emergency for an additional 7 days.
Municipal staff are currently engaged with both flood mitigation, monitoring road barricades, observing and reporting any flood flows, and providing information to the Operations Section on the status of culverts and drainage channels.
Grading and gravelling crew are repairing smaller washouts and winging snow back that has drifted in some areas.
Operations continue to develop plans for the coming days including evaluation of risk areas and operational requirements.
Municipal and contractor excavators will continue to clear drainage channels in anticipation of warmer weather.
Due to the overland drainage the M.D. of Taber has a number of roads that are closed and or have limited access. Active Road Closures are posted on the M.D. of Taber website under announcements www.mdtaber.ab.ca.
All Gravel Roads within the M.D. of Taber are now subject to a 75% road ban. Heavy trucks have damaged a number of saturated gravel roads and this measure has been implemented to protect municipal infrastructure.
Cold temperatures have continued to slow the flowing overland flood waters.
Forecast temperatures are for a warming trend starting on Sunday April 8th and water levels are expected to increase in the days following.
Forecast for the week indicates that overnight lows will be in the -9 to -14 range
Landowners are requested to not increase water flows by unnecessary pumping or excavation.
Additional volumes of water pumped into roadways will threaten neighbouring lands and residential properties as well as threaten irrigation and municipal infrastructure.
Citizens are invited to contact the MD of Taber Administration Office at 403-223-3541 to report new or rapidly changing overland flooding conditions.
LOCAL AND EMERGENCY RESOURCES:
Insurance Bureau of Canada www.ibc.ca/ab or MD of Taber Website Announcement
FCSS Counselling Services 1-403-715-2260
Alberta Environment and Parks, Environmental Emergencies Line 1-800-222-6514
Alberta Emergency Management Agency Recovery Advise - AHS Cleaning the House After a Flood
Alberta Emergency Management Agency Recovery Advise - Home Renovation Tips
Thinking About Draining Your Land – FAQ’s – Document Link
M.D. of Taber Drainage Policy – Document Link
M.D. of Taber Drainage Newsletter 2012 – Document Link