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Municipal District of Taber Emergency Operations Center
MEDIA RELEASE - Overland Flooding
UPDATE: Sunday April 15, 2018 – 1800 hrs
** IMPORTANT** Public Safety Announcement
As ongoing overland flooding continues there is potential for public and personal safety impacts on local residents and residences.
Barricades are in place for your safety please do not move or alter them, violators can be charged by the RCMP.
Flooded Water Wells and Cisterns should be treated as contaminated and unsafe for consumption and or use.
The State of Local Emergency (SOLE) that includes all of the Municipal District of Taber remains in effect.
An Alberta Emergency Information Alert has been posted notifying the public of hazardous driving conditions within the M.D. of Taber due to flooded and actively flowing water on roads throughout the municipality.
If a mandatory evacuation is issued we remind residents that this action is for your safety, rescue services including ambulance and fire may not be able to reach you or your family in a timely manner or at all.
Events of this nature can leave you stranded without access to basic services including heat, clean water, power, food, medicine and timely access to information.
No evacuation orders or emergency advisories are in effect at this time although the situation can change rapidly.
As conditions change we recommend that residents stay tuned to local media and MD of Taber Website for updates.
Municipal staff are currently engaged in flood mitigation across the entire M.D. of Taber.
Operations continue to develop plans for the coming days including evaluation of risk areas and operational requirements.
Drainage channels continue to be cleared by municipal and contracted services based on priorities and necessities.
Visit this link to the MD Website for the current Road Closures throughout the M.D. of Taber.
All Gravel Roads within the M.D. of Taber are 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.
People self-evacuating can visit the M.D. of Taber Reception center at the Heritage Inn at 4830 46th Avenue, Taber (Highway 3) where Red Cross is operational and will be assisting with registration and support.
Rain is expected for Monday approximately 5 to 10 mm. Morning temperatures are expected at 2 degrees Celsius with a forecast high of 1 throughout the day.
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 Canadawww.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 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
Lions Club of Taber Sand Bags Available for Flood Relief 403-223-2411 or 403-894-2200