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Municipal District of Taber Emergency Operations Center
MEDIA RELEASE - Overland Flooding
UPDATE: April 23, 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. Our SOLE will remain in effect until emergency pumping and critical road closures cease.
An Alberta Emergency Information Alert remains posted notifying the public of hazardous driving conditions within the M.D. of Taber due to flooded and damaged roads throughout the municipality.
Effective 1800hrs Monday April 23, 2018 the M.D. of Taber will be standing down its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) tonight. The M.D of Taber will remain in contact with all of its partnering agencies through our daily email communication.
As conditions change we recommend that residents stay tuned to local media and MD of Taber Website for updates.
There is general decrease in flows throughout the Municipality.
Roadways that have been damaged are being evaluated for condition and preparation for repair.
Road Closures can be viewed using our Web Map Application that will highlight roads that remain closed throughout the MD 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.
A building ridge is slowly moving into Alberta creating sunny conditions for today. Temperatures will climb to near 20 on Tuesday. A weak cold front will slide through Taber on Wednesday afternoon bringing a low risk of some isolated showers. Temperatures through the rest of the week after Wednesday appear to be in the 20's. (Environment Canada)
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.
In order to pump excess water from fields into any irrigation infrastructure you are required to contact the Irrigation Districts for their approval.
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:
(Resource List will remain posted on MD Website as a link on our Home Page under Spotlight)
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 1-800-222-6514Alberta Environment and Parks, Stream Flow Advisories https://rivers.alberta.ca/
Alberta Health ServicesReturning Home Safely After A FloodCoping with EmergenciesWater Testing Options
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
The Ag-Info centre number is toll-free across Alberta: 310-FARM (3276)
Alberta Agriculture - Managing wet grain
Alberta Agriculture - Situations with animals
Private water well concerns
US information on managing flooded grain bins from Minnesota