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
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
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
Emergency staff are encouraging residents in the Wallaceville area
to leave their homes and campers in George Lane Park are being told to
The Emergency Operations Centre is now open and crews have been
called in and sandbagging will be started within the hour.
be provided as soon as they become available on the town’s website highriver.ca
and through the Town’s Facebook and Twitter feeds.