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Posted on: April 11, 2018

State of Local Emergency - Overland Drainage - MD of Taber - Update April 11, 2018 - 5:00 pm

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Municipal District of Taber Emergency Operations Center 
MEDIA RELEASE - Overland Flooding
UPDATE: Wednesday April 11, 2018 – 1700 hrs


STATUS:

A State of Local Emergency (SOLE) to include the entire Municipal District of Taber is currently in effect.

No evacuation orders or emergency advisories are in effect at this time.


OPERATIONS:

Municipal staff are currently engaged with both flood mitigation, monitoring road barricades, observing and reporting increasing overland flood flows in the SW part of the Municipality in the Barnwell – Cranford area. Supervisory staff is actively engaged in providing information to the Operations Section on the status of culverts, drainage channels and flow rates across the municipality.

With warming temperatures flows are expected to increase across the municipality.

Operations staff will be monitoring residential, commercial and industrial properties for signs of flooding and are prepared to assist with flood mitigation in those areas.

Grading and gravelling crew are repairing smaller washouts and have initiated road repairs in some areas.

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.


WEATHER:

Warming trend continues and day time temperatures will remain above 0.

Next low pressure system will affect southern Alberta beginning Thursday morning.

Precipitation with this system will vary greatly from west to east, with 2-4 cm possible for Taber by Friday morning.


GENERAL INFORMATION:

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
MD Website Document Link

M.D. of Taber Drainage Policy
MD Website Document Link

M.D. of Taber Drainage Newsletter 2012
MD Website Document Link

Considering Pumping Water? Irrigation District Policies!
MD of Taber Website Announcement

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