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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 County.

 

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 river.



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 insurers.

 

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.

 



Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 4/21/2014 9:10:07 AM
Source: Tristan Tuckett - Country 95 News
 
 
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