LETHBRIDGE: The City and the County of Lethbridge have officially declared local
states of emergency. Their first priority is ensuring resources are available
to ensure safety in river valley.
The City of Lethbridge has closed the river valley and are asking residents
to stay away...as the Oldman River is under flood Warning and is not safe to be
around. Residents in the lower Paradise Canyon are being evacuated by LRPS.
Residents are asked to follow their instructions.
Emergency Operations Centres have been activated in both the City and the
All local schools within Lethbridge are working with the City to have buses
at schools for early dismissal. Schools are to close by 3 p.m. City officials
expect the river to peak at about 5-pm and could be near 1995 levels.
Residents who have children in childcare and live and work on the opposite side
of the river are asked to please pick up their children and take them home. This
is due to pending flooding and loss of connection to the opposite side of the
Officials will keep the Oldman bridges open as long as
possible. However, if the water rises too high, the bridges may be temporarily
closed to ensure safety.
Fort Whoop-Up has been told to expect flooding and they're in need of
volunteers to help evacuate the site of artifacts. If you can help out, you should report to the City Hall foyer. They will
bus you in and out of the river valley.
Public Operations crews in the city continue to monitor the effects from the
storm on Wednesday night.
They say you may want to take pictures and keep records of any damage that
may of occurred during the storm including flooding and hail damage for
They also ask people to help clear debris from storm drains in your neighborhood and dispose of the debris in your waste collection cart.
Any residents with questions or concerns are asked to call the Public
Operations Emergency Line at 403-320-3850 and they warn there may be delays due
to the volume of calls.