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Municipal District of Taber Emergency Operations Center MEDIA RELEASE - Overland FloodingUPDATE: Saturday April 14, 2018 – 1600 hrs
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.
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. 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.
Grading and gravelling crew are unable to gravel and grade soft, deteriorating roadways due to the recent percipitation.
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.
Moving towards the weekend it looks like temperatures are going to remain above 0. The weekend may reach a high temperature of 14 on Sunday.
Chance of precipitation is low over the weekend although Monday and Tuesday next week show rain turning to snow by Tuesday.
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.
Residential property owners who have suffered property damage are advised to contact their insurers. Resources on insurance issues may be found at the following link: Insurance Bureau of Canada www.ibc.ca/ab
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 orMD of Taber Website Announcement
FCSS Counselling Services 1-403-715-2260
Alberta Environment and Parks, Environmental Emergencies Line 1-800-222-6514
Alberta Health Services - Additional Health Serviceshttps://www.albertahealthservices.ca/news/flood.aspxAlberta Emergency Management Agency Recovery AdviseAHS Cleaning the House After a Flood
Alberta Emergency Management Agency Recovery AdviseHome Renovation Tips
Thinking About Draining Your Land – FAQ’sMD Website Document Link
M.D. of Taber Drainage PolicyMD Website Document Link
M.D. of Taber Drainage Newsletter 2012MD Website Document Link
Considering Pumping Water? Irrigation District Policies!MD of Taber Website Announcement