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WATERTON LAKES NATIONAL PARK:  High River, Calgary and Medicine Hat were not the only areas impacted by the storm last week. Waterton Lakes National Park is still doing clean-up after the the June 19th storm dumped 200-mm of rain on the area in less than 24 hours. That's twice the amount that normally triggers a Flood Watch.


Most of the facilities that were damaged in the storm have been repaired and re-opened, in time for the Canada Day long weekend. That includes all campgrounds, and most trails and roads.


Unfortunately, work to repair the Akamina Parkway, which sustained the heaviest damage, won't start until next week. That means Akamina is still closed because of dangerous road conditions. The closures includes all trails from the parkway, and applies to hikers, cyclists, equestrians, and vehicles.


According to a news release from the Waterton Lakes Field Unit,  "Waterton Lakes trails have been assessed, and current conditions can be found at  Trail Report at: www.pc.gc.ca/waterton.


The trail crew is moving quickly to make repairs to damaged trails, and advise visitors to use caution on some trail sections.

To help alleviate traffic problems on the Red Rock Parkway, a shuttle service will start June 29 from Tamarack Outdoor Outfitters, for a fee.

Parks Canada brought on extra manpower and equipment to quickly repair and open facilities. Already, the Red Rock Parkway was cleared of all flood debris and damage and opened, a retaining wall was installed to stabilize the failed slope near the Visitor Centre, and the sewage lagoon dike was stabilized and repaired".


According to Park officials, "The safety of Park visitors, residents and staff remain the primary concern of Parks Canada. We appreciate everyone s patience as we work to get all facilities repaired and reopened".


Photos:  Top and Middle photos - Heavy equipment clearing rock slide from road on Akamina Parkway.  Bottom photo: Clearing debris on road to Red Rock Canyon.

Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 4/17/2014 3:04:17 PM
Source: Dori Modney (@Dori_Modney on Twitter) -- with files and photo credits to Waterton Lakes Communications Dept.
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