Flood Evacuations in Southern Alberta

Southern Alberta is once again experiencing severe flooding, almost 1 year since the 2013 Alberta flood disaster that struck between 19 June and 12 July where 5 people died.

A state of emergency was declared yesterday for the towns of Claresholm and Cardston and also the Blood Reserve after heavy rainfall across the region. However, as of early Thursday 19 June 2014, the flooding appears to be receding, easing fears of a repeat of 2013.

On the Blood Reserve (Blood Indian Reserve No. 148) near Stand Off, several hundred people have been forced from their homes by flooding after levels of the Oldman, St. Mary, Belly and Waterton rivers rose rapidly.

In Claresholm, some roads and schools have been closed and around 40 homes damaged. Floods here are a result of storms and heavy rainfall rather than overflowing rivers or creeks. The nearest waterway, Willow Creek, is around 5km away.

In Cardston, the levels of nearby Lee’s Creek were causing major concerns. Although Calgary remains so far unaffected, rainfall warnings have been issued for Strathmore, Okotoks, High River, Lethbridge and Canmore. Floods have already been reported in Lethbridge, where over 200 homes have been flooded.

By late Wednesday the situation seems to have improved. However, despite flood water receding and some river levels dropping, further rainfall warnings are in place. According to Environment Canada

A low pressure system moving across the northern United States continues to bring rain to portions of southern Alberta. Areas in extreme southwestern Alberta will likely see a further 20-40 mm of rain overnight before the precipitation begins to taper off on Thursday.

Localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible. Watch for possible washouts near rivers, creeks and culverts.


[mappress mapid=”253″]