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State of Local Emergency - Update 6:30 a.m., June 21, 2013
June 21, 2013 06:23 AM Categories: Public Safety, Major Announcements, Emergency Preparedness, Calgary 2013 Flood
The City of Calgary remains in a state of local emergency due to significant flooding. The Elbow River downstream of the Glenmore dam is expected to crest early this morning. As flows stand now, it is anticipated Bow River water levels will stay steady. Water levels in both rivers are expected to remain extremely high for several days.
All Calgary Board of Education and Calgary Separate School Board schools are closed. There is no access through the downtown core via transit or c-train. Numerous downtown buildings have been closed including The City’s Municipal Complex, Public Building and Andrew Davison Building. All Calgarians are asked to refrain from non-essential travel.
Numerous roads and river bridges are closed including:
Bridges over the Elbow River
Bridges over the Bow River
Mandatory evacuations are currently in place for portions of the following communities:
Bridgeland Industrial Area
To ensure the safety of citizens and first responders, gas and power is shut off to evacuated areas once they have been deemed cleared. Notification to all mandated evacuated areas has been completed. Any residents remaining in these areas are asked to self evacuate immediately.
Evacuees who cannot arrange for alternate accommodation can be supported with food, shelter, bedding and other essential services at one of the following reception centres:
The Southland Leisure Centre and Acadia Recreation Complex reception centres are at capacity.
Centre Street Church, 3900 - 2 Street, NE remains open as a day resource centre.
People can take their pets to the Animal Service Centre, 2201 Portland St. S.E. or The Calgary Humane Society, 4455 110th Ave SE, if they cannot arrange accommodation for them.
The City is asking all citizens to help the authorities who are responding to this emergency by observing these restrictions:
• Do not drive to or near affected areas unless you are involved in the emergency response. Extra traffic will prevent the authorities from responding quickly. Pedestrians are asked to stay off all bridges.
• Do not use the phone unless you are requesting help or reporting an important event.
• Unnecessary phone calls could overload the telephone system and limit the authorities' ability to communicate.
Call 311 only for flood related calls. Call 911 in case of emergency.
Please visit Calgary.ca for current information.
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