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Trans-Canada Highway Closures Remain Between Canmore And Banff

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The Trans-Canada Highway remains closed between Canmore and Banff, after serious flooding hit the area this week, wiping out parts of the major roadway. (CP)
The Trans-Canada Highway remains closed between Canmore and Banff, after serious flooding hit the area this week, wiping out parts of the major roadway. (CP)

The Trans-Canada Highway remains closed between Canmore and Banff, after serious flooding hit the area this week, wiping out parts of the major roadway.

However, for the first time since the flooding hit Thursday, people are allowed to travel on the highway east of Canmore - giving those stranded in the small mountain town an opportunity to head to Calgary and beyond.

According to the Town of Banff, people are allowed to exit Canmore over the Bow River Bridge and then via the Three Sisters Parkway, following detour signs.

Once on the Trans-Canada, the speed limit is 60 km/h and passing is not permitted.

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No one will be allowed back into Canmore on the highway until further notice.

Motorists in Banff who need to get to Calgary are asked to take the Highway 93 south or Highway 93 north. There is also a designated shuttle between Banff and the Calgary airport.

Officials are also restricting travel into Canmore, with no private vehicles permitted on the Trans-Canada or Highway 1A between Highway 40 and Canmore.

Motorists can still access Banff National Park and the Town of Banff from the west, but further travel on to Canmore will not be allowed.

People needing to transport between Banff and Canmore must use the "Roam" shuttle bus until further notice.

The following highway closures and distrupitons remain in effect for Southern Alberta:
  • Hwy 22 between Hwy 22X and Turner Valley is closed due to flooding.
  • Hwy 842 is closed south of Hwy 1 at Bow River Bridge due to flooding.
  • Hwy 758 remains closed due to flooding. No access to Hwy 66.
  • Hwy 36, near the Bow River, will be closed until further notice due to the rising water level of the Bow River. Motorists are advised to take an alternative route as Hwy 36 will be closed northbound at the town of Vauxhall and southbound at Secondary Highway 530.
  • Hwy 93 is now open from Lake Louise north to Saskatchewan Crossing. Hwy 93 is now open all the way to Jasper. Semi's are not allowed on Hwy 93 north.
  • Southbound Hwy 2 traffic is down to one lane due to flooding, watch for signs.
  • Hwy 22 south of Hwy 8 remains closed due to the extensive flooding in Bragg Creek.
  • Hwy 68 from Powderface to Hwy 40 is closed due to flooding.
  • Speargrass Bridge crossing HWY24 has been closed for northbound and southbound traffic due debris in the river.
  • Hwy 24 is closed, 10 km north of Hwy 547, near Carseland due to flooding.
  • Hwy 520 is closed to through traffic west of Claresholm due to flooding. It is open to local traffic only.
  • The bridge near Arrowwood on Hwy 547 is closed due to flooding.
  • Hwy 40 from Highway 1 up through Kananaskis is closed due to flooding.
  • Hwy 66 is closed between the junction of Hwy 22 and Elbow Falls Winter Closure due to severe flooding.
  • Hwy 1A is closed west of Exshaw due to a washout.
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Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith tweeted this photo of the rising waters of the Highwood River.

"This is the view of the bridge over the Highwood. Normally there is a couple metres clearance below it. #ableg #wrp"

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You can find updates on various communities and their flood status at Alberta Emergency Alert http://www.emergencyalert.alberta.ca/

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Cougar Creek in Canmore is completely overrun by floods. High River, Black Diamond and Calgary are also facing quickly rising water levels. The latest on evacuations and warnings can be found in our story.

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From the Alberta Emergency Alert:

All residents in north west, south west and north east High River are under mandatory evacuation. Crews are working to reach residents in the Vista Mirage area. Information will be posted on the High River website at www.highriver.ca.

Evacuate immediately. Please go to Highwood High School on 12th Ave where the emergency evacuation centre has been opened.

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From Alberta Emergency Alert:

There is localized flooding in Town, beginning near the Foothills Lions Campground. Hwy 22 is closed near that location. Residents west of 1st St SW are being evacuated to the Reception Centre (Oilfields Arena). Power outages may follow. The Water Treatment Plant has been shut down due to flood & safety concerns. Residents are requested to conserve water.

Door to door notification of the evacuation is taking place. Donations of towels and blankets can be made at the Arena. Food donations may be required later in the day. The town is currently investigating sources of bottled water. More information.

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From the City of Calgary:

The decision was made by Deputy Mayor Richard Pootmans and Ald. John Mar to declare a SOLE based on the potential severity of the incoming high river flows in conjunction with expected heavy rainfall. The City of Calgary has begun to implement its flood response plans with the deployment of sandbags and temporary dams at key locations to protect property and infrastructure. The City is working to ensure the safety of Calgarians and asks for their patience and cooperation during this time. Citizens are reminded to: · Stay away from rivers and creeks as the water is rising and moving quickly, and banks may be unstable. · Avoid storm water ponds and storm drains, and do not let children play near them. · Do not drive through flooded areas such as underpasses. · If you experience basement seepage or overland flooding, call 3-1-1 to report. · If you or someone else is in imminent danger, call 9-1-1. Remember that 9-1-1 is for emergencies only; please use 3-1-1 for reporting non-emergency issues.

· Monitor local media and City of Calgary messages. For more information on flooding, visit calgary.ca/flooding.

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Cougar Creek threatens homes with its mighty surge.

Video: Wade Graham, Facebook

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From Alberta Emergency Alerts:

There is a hazardous materials release threatening life and the environment. An sour gas pipeline rupture has caused a release of H2S in the Town of Turner Valley. Residents are ordered to protect in place. Emergency crews have evacuated the affected areas and will continue to monitor.

Instructions:

Move indoors and stay indoors. Prepare for possible evacuation. Seek medical attention if you experience breathing difficulties. Follow the directions of local authorities.

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"The City of Calgary has declared a state of emergency as expected heavy rainfall combined with the potential of incoming high river flows could become severe.

The city is implementing its flood response plan with the deployment of sandbags and temporary dams to protect property and infrastructure.

Calgarians are advised to stay away from rivers and creeks as rising water may makes banks unstable.

Driving through flooded areas such as underpasses or children playing near storm water ponds and drains should also be avoided."

More here.

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Photo credit: Lauren Wheeler

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Turner Valley, a community southwest of Calgary, was placed under an emergency alert Thursday after a sour gas pipeline ruptured. The alert urged people to move indoors and to prepare for a possible evacuation.

What is sour gas, exactly, and what's the harm? Read more here.

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Our friends up the hill got in a bit of a pickle today when they headed to Canmore to cover the flooding.

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The Town of High River is now under an emergency evacuation alert. There is extremely dangerous and rapid flooding occurring in High River. Authorities are warning residents to move to high ground.

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There is a threat of extremely dangerous and rapid flooding in the County of Lethbridge. The County of Lethbridge declared a local state of emergency at 11:10 a.m. and issued an evacuation order for residents living in the Oldman River valley.

An evacuee reception centre is at the County Administration building at #100, 905 4th Avenue South downtown.

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