Bow Valley water levels still cause for concern
Ground water levels in Canmore are still giving officials cause for concern with another high streamflow advisory being issued Tuesday (June 26).
Alberta Environment issued a high streamflow advisory for the Bow River downstream of and including the City of Calgary during continued precipitation in the valley.
With the high river the ground water levels have also been rising and Town of Canmore officials are regularly monitoring the situation, culverts and other areas of concern.
“Depending on weather and temperature both river and ground water levels could rise over the weekend and into next week,” said manager of protective services Greg Burt.
Communications coordinator Sally Caudill said residents are encouraged to regularly check basements for flooding.
“We are asking anyone experiencing flooding or sewage seepage to notify the Town,” Caudill said. “Even if an issue earlier this month was already reported, it is helpful for us to know if something happens a second time.
“The information helps us understand the extent of the problem in the community, enables us to take appropriate action and helps us utilize resources effectively.”
Residents can call 403-678-1500 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday or 403-678-1540 after hours and on weekends to report what is happening.
As of Tuesday afternoon the river had reached a level of 3.3 metres in Banff and a flow of 262.7 cubic metres per second, which is not as high as the levels at the beginning of June.
In a press release the municipality issued a reminder that property owners are responsible for protecting their homes from flooding and mitigating flooding that occurs.
They should also notify insurance companies and keep records of any damage, as well as not pump water into the sewer system. Pumped water should go into yards, boulevards or the street.
At the same time one road closure was put into effect along 17th Street from Fairholme Drive to 11th Avenue, also known as Larch Lake.
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