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State of Local Emergency - Update 10:30 a.m., June 21, 2013
June 21, 2013 10:37 AM Categories: Public Safety, Major Announcements, Emergency Preparedness, Safety Tips
The City of Calgary remains in a state of local emergency due to significant flooding. The Elbow River downstream of the Glenmore dam crested 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 Calgarians are asked to refrain from non-essential travel.
The 911 emergency phone system is operational. Anyone needing emergency assistance should call 911. People whose homes are without power must use either a cell phone or a phone that does not require electricity to operate and is plugged into a hardwired phone jack.
Power has been shut off in evacuated communities for the safety of citizens and first responders. However, Enmax is unable to isolate portions of the power grid by community and as a result Calgarians living in neighbourhoods bordering evacuated communities may also be experiencing power outages. Enmax asks for the patience of all Calgarians currently experiencing power outages.
There is no Calgary Transit service in the area bordered on the north by 16 Avenue N, east by Deerfoot Trail, south by Glenmore Trail and to the west by 14 Street W. No buses are running on regular bus routes within this area. Shuttles have been set up for CTrain replacement. They are entering this area but are not stopping to board or unload passengers. CTrain replacement shuttles are only operational at certain stations. Shuttles on the 202 line (Saddletowne to 69 Street) are stopping at Franklin, Lions Park and Westbrook stations. Shuttles on the 201 line (Crowfoot to Somerset/Bridlewood) are stopping at Heritage, Chinook, 39 Avenue and Westbrook stations.
CITY FACILITIES AND EVENTS
All City recreation facilities are closed Friday with the exception of those acting as emergency reception centres, which are open for emergency-related purposes ONLY.
The following major events have been cancelled:
If you planned to attend an event of any kind, please check with the organizers before heading out.
BUILDINGS CLOSED IN THE DOWNTOWN CORE
The Building Owners and Managers’ Association has indicated a number of downtown buildings are closed until further notice. The following buildings in the city’s downtown core are closed until further notice:
ROADS, PATHWAYS AND RIVER BRIDGE CLOSURES
Numerous roads, pathways and river bridges are closed including:
Bridges over the Elbow and Bow rivers
All Calgary Board of Education and Calgary Catholic School District 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.
No new areas are expected to be evacuated at this time. Mandatory evacuations remain in place for portions of the following communities:
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.
People can take their pets to the Animal Service Centre, 2201 Portland St. S.E. or the Calgary Humane Society, 4455 110 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:
Call 311 for flood-related calls only. Call 911 in case of emergency.
Please visit Calgary.ca for current information.
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