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Tornado and Severe Thunderstorm Warnings - Now Flood Warning For Section of Oldman River


LETHBRIDGE:   City crews worked well into Wednesday night, as thunderstorms and heavy rain washed over virtually all of Southern Alberta. Environment Canada has a tally of 61.1-mm of rainfall in the city, as of mid-night.  


Parts of Lethbridge, such as South Parkside Drive and Mayor Magrath Drive under the Crowsnest Trail over-pass, had to be shut-down because of flooding.


A tornado alert was first issued by Alberta Emergency Services for the County of Forty Mile around 6:30. Then, 20-minutes later, an alert was issued for Cypress County and 10 minutes after that for Warner County, which takes in the communities of Warner, Coutts and Milk River.

It made for a long night for areas south-east of the city as the tornado warning was eventually down-graded to a Severe Thunderstorm Warning. also had a long night. There is a report of a tornado touch down near Foremost. However, that has not been confirmed.


In Lethbridge, city crews were kept busy dealing with clogged gutters leading to the drainage systems.


The has city issued warnings for residents to stay away from riverbanks, keep clear of clogged streets and avoid submerged transformer boxes.


Alberta Environment has issued High Stream-flow Advisory for a long list of waterway, including the Oldman river and its tributaries up-stream of the Oldman Reservoir, the Waterton River, the St. Mary River and its tributaries, the Pincher Creek, the Belly River, and Willow Creek.  There is also a Flood Warning the Oldman River down stream of the Oldman Dam.

The Town of High River declared a state of emergency at 7:00 on Wednesday morning, as the Highwood River was rising quickly and over flowing its banks in areas of Town.

Emergency staff are encouraging residents in the Wallaceville area to leave their homes and campers in George Lane Park are being told to leave.

The Emergency Operations Centre is now open and crews have been called in and sandbagging will be started within the hour.

Updates will be provided as soon as they become available on the town’s website and through the Town’s Facebook and Twitter feeds.




Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 4/18/2014 6:27:30 AM
Source: Dori Modney (@Dori_Modney on Twitter) -- Country 95 News photo credits
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