Partners in Water Safety and flood readiness remind Calgarians of river safety ahead of flood season
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With the risk of river flooding in Calgary greatest between May 15 and July 15, Calgarians are encouraged to understand their personal and business flood risks. To help Calgarians understand, prepare and stay informed about flood risks, as well as stay safe around river hazards, The City is proving information and resources ahead of the Victoria Day long weekend.
The City of Calgary monitors river forecasts, soil moisture, rainfall and snow melt rates in the mountains. This year, data shows that the mountain snowpack is at the low end of a normal range and the past 90-day precipitation level is drier than average, which is not uncommon. We expect more rain and snow between May and July due to this year’s El Nino conditions.
Calgarians are encourged to understand their personal and business flood risks by reviewing new flood inundation maps and river flow triggers on calgary.ca/floodinfo.
With lessons learned from 2013, The City is better prepared to manage and minimize the impacts of a future flood.
“We’ve developed a comprehensive plan that incorporates the recommendations of our Expert Flood Management Panel, trained more people, stockpiled materials, repaired eroded river banks, built temporary barriers and developed new inundation maps,” said River Engineering Lead Frank Frigo. “We are studying the changes to our waterways and are working with the Province and partners on upstream flood operations and mitigation.”
Calgarians play an important role in flood readiness and safety. Stay prepared, alert and at the ready by having an emergency plan and 72 hour kit. Visit calgary.ca/floodinfo to find out how you can prepare for flooding.
The City has tools and resources available to help Calgarians know their flood risk and tips on how recreational users can enjoy our rivers in a safe manner. Visit calgary.ca/floodinfo for the latest information including flood advisories and our river safety video.
Additionally, citizens are encouraged to subscribe to our weekly newsletter and download the Alberta Rivers: Data and Advisories and Alberta Emergency Alert mobile apps.
May long weekend is the un-official start to recreational water season in Calgary and The City’s Partners in Water Safety want to remind all Calgarians where there’s water, there’s risk.
Before deciding to boat or raft, from shore, always:
SCOUT the river for potential hazards,
ASSESS the level of danger and,
DECIDE if it’s safe to proceed.
“Every year there is new debris, as well as new changes to the river flow. This means everyone should take time to be river-safe before deciding to go out on the river,” said Calgary Fire Department Deputy Chief Mark Turik. “River conditions change daily as well as annually and it’s important for all river-users to be aware of conditions before going on the water.”
Visit the Calgary Fire Department online to learn more about water safety, such as what rafters should take with them when they go down the river.