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Oldman Rolls Along - Now To Peak Friday Afternoon + Road Closures


LETHBRIDGE:    The latest report from the County of Lethbridge indicates the Oldman River is higher than the 2005 flood levels, and is cresting the bank in some locations. It's estimated the peak flow will pass by Lethbridge between 2 to 3 p.m. this afternoon.


The evacuation order for the County of Lethbridge is still in effect for all county residents in the Oldman River Valley. Access roads to the Oldman River basin have been barricaded and are being monitored by the RCMP.


As of 8:45 Friday morning, the Highwood River spilled into the Little Bow and the Travers Dam (also known as Little Bow Dam) will have to release volumes 10-times greater than the historical flow rates or more.  The County has ordered an evacuation to the few residents who live in the Little Bow River Valley.


We are pumping out the storm pond in Broxburn Industrial Park to prevent flooding and are monitoring storm drains throughout the County.


Farmers pumping water from fields into County burrow pits or Alberta Transportation burrow pits is prohibited unless approval is obtained from Alberta Environment. They can call 1-888-222-6514.


With the peak water level, there will be a lot of debris in the water and residents are reminded that river banks are unstable. You are asked to stay away from them.


Residents in Paradise Canyon can stay home for now and Bridgeview Campground remains closed.


Road Closures:


If you are travelling from Lethbridge to Calgary, you will have to us Highway 23, since Highway 2 is closed south of High River.


Those planning to travel between from Fort MacLeod on Highway 2 the water is now over flowing that bridge and the road is closed to south-boud traffic.


The Green Bridge on Highway-811 north of Fort Macleod is now closed.


Southbound traffic is being detoured at Granum.


If you are travelling through the Crowsnest Pass, Highway-3 is partially washed out just east of Sparwood and is down to one lane and could be closed at any time.

Posted on Friday, June 21, 2013 at 4/18/2014 7:25:55 AM
Source: Dori Modney (@Dori_Modney on Twitter) -- Country 95 News
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