The weather forecast says our region can expect a large amount of precipitation this week and the coming days after. The Town is closely monitoring the forecasts, and while currently NO weather alerts are active and the Town is NOT expecting an emergency to occur, it is important to be prepared in case that situation changes quickly.
Our stormwater infrastructure can handle a moderate rainstorm but large amounts of water at one time will back up the storm water drainage system; be patient: the system will drain but you can take steps to ensure you are also prepared:
- Check the drainage around your home. Clear eavestroughs and lower downspouts and point them to the curb and/or street (use extensions if possible). Do not point downspouts towards neighbouring properties.
- Check your sump pumps and backwater valves and ensure they are in working order. Check it regularly during a rainfall event.
- Watch your home closely for signs of flooding or water damage.
- Move valuables out of your basement or place them in containers protected from water.
- Make sure you read and understand your insurance coverage in case of water damage to your home.
- If you see any storm drains that are plugged or not draining properly within 90 minutes, please contact our 24-hour Wastewater Emergency line: 403-634-8668
- If you notice flash flooding within Town boundaries, please contact: our 24-hour Wastewater Emergency line: 403-634-8668
- If you notice infrastructure damage due to the rainfall (e.g.: sinkholes), please contact our Public Works On-Call line: 403-330-9384
- Exercise caution along bodies of water, such as the Oldman River
- Be cautious when encountering water pooled on roadways. You may not be able to tell how deep the water is. It only takes 6 inches of water to knock over an adult and 12 inches to carry away a car.
Floods and heavy rain are frequent hazards in Alberta, so it is important to know how to prepare yourself if water levels rise. See tips on being prepared for flooding and other emergencies at: