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Environment Canada increases Alberta's rainfall forecast days before anniversary of 2013 flood

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Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Monday, June 16, 2014, 2:29 PM -

On Monday afternoon, Environment Canada increased Alberta's rainfall forecast.

Total amounts between 60 and 100 millimeters are expected before the rain tapers Wednesday, up from the 60 to 80 millimeters that  was forecast earlier in the day.

The Pincher Creek region could see up to 150 millimetres of rain accumulate.

The severe weather warnings come roughly one year after parts of Alberta were devastated by the worst flooding in Canadian history.

"It is worth noting that this year, the heavy rains will be farther south than last year, although there is still some overlap," says Weather Network meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham.

"The 2013 floods impacted the Calgary area, but this year the storm is expected to be south of the city."


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Meteorologists are warnings residents to prepare for flood potential.

"Once you get into triple-digit rainfall forecasts over a three-day period, localized flooding becomes a real possibility," says Weather Network meteorologist Brett Soderholm.

"That said, Alberta has learned a lot since the 2013 floods and has contingency plans in place."

REMEMBERING THE 2013 FLOODS

Thirty-two states of emergency were declared across the province starting on June 19, 2013, as the flows of three major rivers rose to almost 10 times their normal rates.

Four people were confirmed dead and over 100,000 people were displaced across the province.

It is considered the costliest disaster in Canadian history with an estimated $5 billion in damage.

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