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The Council of the Municipal District of Taber announces that the Local State of Emergency which was instituted on March 23, 2018 in response to unprecedented overland flooding within the municipality will end this evening - Friday May 11, 2018 at 2105 hrs with the expiry of the State of Local Emergency declaration.
Although considerable flood water remains on agricultural farmland overland flows have largely ended with reservoir and lake levels now stabilizing and municipal infrastructure repairs well underway.
At this time approximately 50 miles of road remain closed due to damage. These road closures will continue until the roads are determined to be safe for travel. The M.D. of Taber requests that that public respect the road barricades and road closures which have been placed there for their safety.
Municipal operations staff continue to conduct pumping operations at a number of sites including Lost Lake, assisting the Village of Barnwell and roads and intersections within the municipality.
831 overland flooding sites were logged by municipal crews during this emergency event. A total of 465 of the sites recorded damage to infrastructure with many sites having both culvert and road damage being recorded.
Total costs related to the mitigation of the emergency event is estimated at $450,000.
Total costs to repair damaged infrastructure has been estimated at $1.2 million.
The Municipal District of Taber will be making an application for Disaster Recovery Program grant to the province of Alberta.
At this time the Council of the Municipal District of Taber extends its thanks to its staff for their dedication and commitment. The foresight, preplanning and operational execution during the flooding event prevented considerable additional loss to property and damage to infrastructure.
The Council extends their thanks to the Taber Irrigation District, the St. Mary River Irrigation District and the Bow River Irrigation District for their assistance and cooperation as all organizations worked collectively for the benefit of their ratepayers and the region.
Additionally, the Council extends its thanks to the Alberta Emergency Management Agency, Alberta Environment, the RCMP, Samaritan’s Purse, Alberta Health Services, the Canadian Red Cross, County of 40 Mile, Cypress County, the Village of Barnwell, Town of Vauxhall and Town of Taber, Horizon School Division, Holy Spirit School Division, 1st Student, River Forecast Centre, Canadian Natural for their assistance and cooperation.
Inquiries pertaining to this Media Release may be made to:
Mr. Brian Brewin Mr. Derrick Krizsan
Reeve Municipal Administrator
Municipal District of Taber Municipal District of Taber