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Saturday Flood Update - State Of Local Emergency Lifted In Lethbridge


LETHBRIDGE:  After getting a better look at flooding in the River Valley Saturday morning, City officials have lifted the Local State of Emergency at 10:00. 


However, the County of Lethbridge remains in a State of Local Emeergency due to the threat of flooding in the Little Bow River. The County did lifts its Evacuation Order for all Oldman residents effective at 10:30.  Residents are advised to return with caution


The water level on the Oldman River peaked around 1:00-am Saturday morning and is expected to go down very slowly. The River valley is now re-opened with a few restrictions, which includes limited or no access to river pathways and roads.  Residents are asked to stay away from river banks, which are unsafe, and dot NOT remove or go around barricades.


City Operations employees are in the process of gathering information on the condition of various facilities to determine when the Nature Centre and Fort Whoop Up can be re-opened.


Both Whoop-Up Drive and the Highway 3 bridges remained open through-out Friday night. Police and City officials remind drivers who use those bridges to not slow down or stop to look at the river.  Also, Bridge Drive was re-opened as of 7:00-am


The city's water supply is good and remains safe to drink, with all conservation requests now lifted.


Now that the Emergency situation has passed for Lethbridge, the City will Emergency Staff are being re-deployed to High River to assist with emergency efforts there. The local staff will be working with the Alberta Emergency Management Agency to determine what resources are needed and will arrange the necessary requirements.  According to Mayor Rajko Dodic, "It's extremely important that we support our neighbours who continue to suffer the effects of this devastating flood."


Oldman Residents are advised to document and photograph any damage.


Also phone lines, including the information line at the Chinook Regional Hospital, are no longer working at full capacity, due to telephone infrastructure issues in Calgary. In the event of an urgent matter only you can call 403-388-6666. For a medical emergency you should still call 911.


Farmers are still prohibited from pumping water out of fields into County borrow pits or Alberta Transportation borrow pits, unless they have approval from Alberta Environment.


In Medicine Hat, the South Saskatchewan River is rising rapidly and 10,000 residents are under a mandatory evacuation.  After a news conference Saturday morning, it was determined peak water levels will not hit Medicine Hat until Monday morning.

Posted on Friday, June 21, 2013 at 4/23/2014 5:48:24 PM
Source: Patrick Burles, Tristan Tuckett, Dori Modney -- Country 95 News
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