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Calgary floods: What you need to know now

06/21/2013 05:26 EDT | Updated 08/21/2013 05:12 EDT
Mayor Naheed Nenshi says the flood evacuation order has been lifted for 65,000 Calgarians, while 10,000 people in several neighbourhoods still must stay away. Here are some key developments:

Evacuation updates

Officials in Calgary announced Sunday that they will allow thousands of people affected by flood evacuations to do self-assessments of their homes.

They're being urged to follow safety guidelines when they enter their homes after the mandatory evacuation orders are lifted at 1 p.m. MT.

- Map of the assessment zones

- Interactive map of Calgary evacuation areas

A few "red zones" are still off limits in certain neighbourhoods:

- Roxboro

- Inglewood

- Bowness

- Bridgeland

- Chinatown

- East Village

- Elbow Park

- Rideau

- Erlton

- Mission

- Stanley Park

- Elboya

- Sunnyside

- Downtown.

Residents are asked to visit one of the re-entry information centres prior to heading home for important information that will support them in self-assessing their home and provide guidance on next steps:

- Cliff Bungalow/Mission: 2201 Cliff St. S.W.

- Montgomery: 5003 16th Ave. N.W.

- Bowness: 7904 43rd Ave. N.W.

- Sunnyside – 1320 Fifth Ave. N.W.

- Roxboro/Rideau Park/Parkhill: 4013 Stanley Rd. S.W.

- Elbow Park: 800 34th Ave. S.W.

- Ramsay Community Centre: 1136 Eighth St. S.E.

- Windsor Park: 5304 Sixth St. S.W.

- Westmount – Louise Dean School: 120 23rd St. N.W.

- Bridgeland: 917 Centre Ave. N.E.

- Bonnybrook – Ogden Legion: 2625 78th Ave. S.E.

Calgary residents who live in apartments and condos should contact their building managers.

Only attempt re-entry if the following criteria is met:

- The road and sidewalk is dry

- There is no flood water on entry

- Inspect the basement for water. If there’s water above electrical outlets,leave the home immediately.

The city says if the safety criteria is met, proceed with the self-assessment. Residents that find issues should take a sheet of 8x10 paper and write as boldly as possible:

- GAS NEEDED, for natural gas issues

- ELECTRICITY NEEDED

- WATER PUMPING NEEDED

Nenshi on Saturday said the downtown core probably won't reopen until mid-week, and power in certain areas could be out for weeks — even months.

The Canadian Red Cross is asking Calgarians looking to connect with family members who have been displaced to call 1-866-696-6484.

For a comprehensive list of affected city services and evacuations, check the City of Calgary blog here.

Shelters

Evacuees with no place to go will be provided with food, shelter, bedding and other essential services at one of these reception centres:

- Acadia Recreation Complex A, 240 90th Ave. S.E.

- Village Square Leisure Centre, 2623 56th St. N.E.

- Central Memorial High School, 5111 21 St. S.W.

- Southland Leisure Centre, located at 2000 Southland Dr. S.W.

- St. Francis High School, 877 Northmount Dr. N.W. (registration only, no onsite lodging)

- Centre Street Church, 3900 2 St N.E. (registration only, no onsite lodging)

- South Fish Creek Recreation Centre at 333 Shawville Blvd. S.E. is at capacity.

- Canada Olympic Park/Winsport Lodging is now closed.

- Check here to see which centres have lodging available

SAIT Polytechnic's residence buildings have also been opened to flooding evacuees.

Citizens placed in two-day accommodations have now been extended to three days.

People can take pets to the Animal Service Centre, at 2201 Portland St. S.E., or the Calgary Humane Society, at 4455 110th Ave S.E., if they can't find an alternative place for them.

Recreation centres reopen

The City of Calgary reopened four recreation centres around the city that were closed as a precautionary response to the recent flooding of the Bow and Elbow rivers.

- Thornhill Aquatic and Recreation Centre – 6715 Centre St. N.W.

- Killarney Aquatic and Recreation Centre – 1919 29th St. S.W.

- Canyon Meadows Aquatic and Fitness Centre – 89th Canova Rd. S.W.

- Bob Bahan Aquatic and Fitness Centre – 4812 14th Ave. S.E.

These four facilities will operate with the following schedules:

- 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. public swim

- 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. adult lengths

- 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. public swim

Schools, final exams

All public and Catholic schools in Calgary are closed Monday because of the flooding.

High schools in non-evacuated areas will remain open for students writing diploma exams this week; however, Grade 9 Provincial Achievement Tests are cancelled and students will receive a mark awarded by their teacher.

The Calgary Board of Education has cancelled Grade 12 diploma exams, but will make arrangements for those students who still want to write the exams.

- Find out where to write your diploma exams

The University of Calgary's four campuses will also remain closed Monday and Tuesday. Most campus buildings remain locked, and all classes and events have been cancelled or will be postponed.

Classes held on the Bow Valley College campus and online are cancelled until further notice.

Power outages

- 24,000 Calgarians were still without power late Sunday morning.

- Enmax said 10,000 of those customers without power are in and around the downtown core.

- The military brought heavy equipment to Douglasdale on Sunday to shore up land around the electrical substation that provide power to south Calgary. The substation was declared "stabilized" around 8 a.m. MT.

- CEMA director Bruce Burrell said power substation No. 5 remained offline on Sunday and it could take "three, four or five days to restore power to downtown Calgary," but if extensively damaged could take weeks — even months.

- Just before noon on Friday, the decision was made to evacuate many buildings downtown because of power outages.

Enmax has a list of current outages affecting Calgary.

Weather

More rain is in the forecast for parts of southern Alberta with an additional 10 millimetres possible over the weekend, CBC meteorologist Danielle Savoni said.

The highest amounts are expected west of Calgary and just north of Canmore. Showers are also forecast for the weekend, she said.

- Current weather conditions

Limit water use

City officials say water quality in Calgary has not been affected and there is no boil-water advisory in place at this time, but they are asking residents to limit water use. For example, avoid using dishwashers and washing machines and take quick showers and shallow baths.

"The very high river flows have resulted in high levels of silt and debris in the water coming into the city’s drinking water treatment plants," said the city in a release.

"This silt is starting to slow down the treatment process, creating a growing load on the filtration processes. As a result, it is taking longer to treat the incoming water which presents a challenge to meet water demand."

- Get the latest from CBC News on the Alberta flooding

Water levels, traffic and road closures

Officials said on Saturday that the Elbow River is slowly coming down, while the Bow is also seeing improvements.

The city is providing updates on road and bridge closures on its blog.

Calgarians can call 311 for any flood-related updates.

Looting concerns

Police Chief Rick Hanson says earlier reports Friday of looting have been checked out, but found to be false. He says there are huge numbers of officers patrolling the evacuated areas right now.

Hospitals, surgeries

AHS says all emergency services departments in Calgary were open as of 10:30 p.m. MT Thursday, but the Sheldon M. Chumir Urgent Care Centre is closed and will remain closed until further notice.

AHS clinics, appointments and elective procedures at the Holy Cross building in Mission are closed. All appointments scheduled for Friday have been postponed. Cancer treatments at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in northwest Calgary are not affected.

Roughly 30 surgical procedures in Calgary urban hospital sites were postponed on Friday. They were all elective procedures and Alberta Health Services said patients would be contacted directly.

Patients at the Agape Hospice and two continuing care sites in Calgary — Bowview Manor and BowCrest Centre — are being relocated.

For a list of which health-care centres are affected by flooding in other cities, including High River, Canmore and Sundre, click here: www.albertahealthservices.ca/8644.asp.

Transit

Calgary Transit is reporting several weather-related detours: calgarytransit.com

C-Train service in the downtown core has been suspended. Trains 201 and 202 outside of the core have limited service.

As of Sunday, Calgary Transit said there was no service on the following routes: 9, 17, 30, 31, 62, 63, 64, 66, 69, 70, 75, 89, 102, 103, 107, 109, 110, 116, 117, 125, 126, 133, 142, 145, 151, 181, 182, 300, 302, 305, 411, 412, 419, 439 and 502.

Routes on detour: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 13, 18, 24, 33, 40, 72, 73, 112, 301, 405, 407, 408, B201 (C-Train Shuttle), and B202 (C-Train Shuttle).

For the latest on transit service, follow @calgarytransit or check for service updates at www.calgarytransit.com.

Emergency alerts

For a list of emergency alerts in Calgary and Alberta, check here: emergencyalert.alberta.ca/.

Bridge integrity

The city says it has a high degree of confidence in the structural integrity of local bridges, but they are asking pedestrians to stay off.

"At this time our bridges remain stable as they’ve been built on bedrock," said the city in a release.

Once the waters recede all bridges will undergo a comprehensive engineering evaluation, according to the city.

Hotel closures

Many out of town visitors should know that most major downtown hotels are currently closed:

- Calgary Marriott Downtown

- Delta Bow Valley

- Hyatt Regency Calgary

- Le Germain

- Sheraton Suites Calgary Eau Claire

- The Fairmont Palliser

- The Westin Calgary

- Hotel Arts

- International Hotel and Suites

Cancelled events

All remaining concerts and events of the Sled Island music and arts festival have been cancelled. It was slated to wrap up on Saturday with a concert at Olympic Plaza.

"Our commitment to the safety of the citizens of Calgary remains paramount. Please take care of your friends and family who may require assistance and stay safe," according to the Sled Island website.

The festival's office in Mission has been evacuated and organizers are asking for patience from ticket and pass holders.

Events cancelled:

- Banff Marathon.

- Sled Island music and arts festival.

- First Street Market Walk.

- Go Skateboarding Day.

- Wing Kei Walkathon.

- Allied Memorial Remembrance Ride.

- Remington Race for Pace 2013.

- Aboriginal Awareness Week.

- Enbridge Ride To Conquer Cancer.

- Relay For Life in Calgary and Medicine Hat.

- MEC Paddlefest.

- CBC's auditions for Recipe to Riches at Deerfoot Meadows Superstore.

- United Way and UPS Plane Pull is postponed.

Bruce Burrell, director of the Calgary Emergency Management Agency, on Saturday said officials still hope the water will have receded to the point where there's time to go ahead with the Calgary Stampede as planned July 5.

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