ALBERTA

Alberta Flooding: Long Weekend Campers Warned Of Backcountry Flood Damage

06/26/2013 01:09 EDT

CALGARY - Campers making plans for the upcoming long weekend are being warned of flood damage in the backcountry of southern Alberta.

"It's important for people to check and make sure that the campgrounds that they intend to go to are still open,'' Dave Galea of Alberta Municipal Affairs said at a provincial government briefing in Edmonton on Wednesday.

"Many have been closed as a result of the flooding situation.''

Galea urged backcountry enthusiasts to heed posted closures.

"People should obey the closing signs. When a park is closed, it's closed for reasons of safety.''

Galea pointed out that in Kananaskis Country, a popular recreational area west of Calgary, more than 1,200 campers had to be moved after flooding began last week.

Galea also issued a stern warning to boaters tempted by flood-swollen rivers.

"They put their lives at risk for the thrill of being on fast water,'' he said. "It puts the first responders at risk, who are going to have to rescue them when things go bad.

"The first responders are busy enough dealing with the aftermath of the flooding and shouldn't have to worry about stupidity.''

A list of which campgrounds are closed and which are open is on the government of Alberta's website.

Campers making plans for the upcoming long weekend are being warned of flood damage in the backcountry of southern Alberta.

Dave Galea of Alberta Municipal Affairs says many campgrounds are closed.

Galea points out that in Kananaskis Country, a popular recreational area west of Calgary, more than 1,200 campers had to be helped out after flooding began last week.

He also says people boating on water-swollen rivers risk their own safety and that of emergency responders who may have to rescue them.

A list of which campgrounds are closed and which are open is on the government of Alberta's website.

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