Overland flooding alerts continue for southern Alberta
Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 8:03 PM - Rising temperatures across southern Alberta have led to an increasing number of overland flooding alerts across the region, as snow melt swamps roads and erosion sparks washouts.
The state of local emergency in place for the entire Municipal District of Taber, Alta., was allowed expire on April 17, as emergency crews wound down their response to the high water levels in the town.
"At this time, the water levels are no longer considered a threat to infrastructure or homes within Taber," read a Monday release from the town. "Therefore, the state of local emergency within the Town of Taber will expire on April 17, 2018." The statement went on to urge citizens to continue to ensure drainage areas on their properties remain clear. An information alert update on Tuesday said there was still "a large amount of water travelling across land leading to localized flooding near roads and intersections," rendering some roads impassable.
Another state of local emergency was issued for the County of Lethbridge on Monday (which surrounds, but does not include the City of Lethbridge), also due to overland flooding. This was also allowed to expire Tuesday evening.
"County crews worked throughout the night monitoring flows and deploying equipment when needed," the County's Tuesday morning update read. "We will continue to monitor the situation as temperatures are forecast to increase."
Four other information alerts related to overland flooding also remain in effect across the region, according to Alberta Emergency Alert.
Derrick Krizsan, municipal administrator for the district of Taber, told the Calgary Herald the extent of this year's flooding has been unusual for the region. “For thousands of years we’ve had water flowing and this is one of those years, kind of a once-in-a-lifetime thing, where you see water flowing where nobody’s ever seen water flowing there before,” Krizsan told the Herald. “Certainly, this is a unique event and certainly one that we’ll remember for some time.”