June 14 update: Bowness flood risk and State of Local Emergency declared
Hello Ward 1 residents,
Yesterday afternoon, a State of Local Emergency was declared for The City of Calgary in response to the heavy rainfall that is underway in Southern Alberta and the potential for flooding in Calgary.
Parts of Bowness, along with Sunnyside, are considered at-risk areas. The City of Calgary is actively monitoring the weather and river forecasts. While the situation is currently trending in a positive direction, evacuation may be necessary for some homes if rainfall west of Calgary is heavy.
There are no calls for evacuation at this time. The Calgary Emergency Management Agency will be reviewing this afternoon's weather forecast before making a decision. If evacuation is necessary, The City will offer as much notice as possible to affected residents. Members of the Calgary Police Service, Calgary Fire Department and Calgary Search and Rescue Association will be visiting potentially affected homes to inform residents of the risk.
If you or someone you know are in an affected area, please sign up for updates at Calgary.ca/floodinfo.
My office has been informed of some concerns regarding pumps in Bowness struggling to keep up with volumes. The City is aware of these issues and is using the current flow situation to improve drainage in the community.
The City of Calgary is better prepared than in 2013, and river flows are expected to be below 2013 levels. I have the utmost confidence in the team at The City of Calgary to keep Calgarians safe and informed.