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City of Calgary declares State of Local Emergency in response to heavy rainfall

With the forecasted rainfall, and out of an abundance of caution, we are taking steps to ensure Calgarians are safe.

Over the last 24 hours, forecast conditions in the Kananaskis region and Calgary have not improved, with the potential for more severe weather than originally anticipated.

At this point, river flows are not expected to cause widespread overbank flooding, however, as mentioned by the mayor we today are announcing a State of Local Emergency (SOLE) effective immediately and opening the Emergency Operation Centre to lead coordination and response efforts and are taking several steps to protect critical infrastructure and the safety of citizens.

“At the City of Calgary, we learned many important lessons from 2013 when we endured major flooding. Today, we have flood mitigation measures in place that put us in a better position than 10 years ago,” said Mayor Jyoti Gondek. “I realize that this weather event may cause fear and anxieties to arise for Calgarians, especially for those who have lived through flooding before. Let me reassure you that you are in good hands and we will continue to ensure communications are clear and frequent.”

The SOLE allows us to write local orders to clarify or deal with local challenges and quickly secure supplies needed to run essential services. In addition, this SOLE helps us take further actions to protect the most vulnerable in our community.  We are going to continue to use every tool in our toolbox and work extremely hard in the best interests of our citizens, businesses and communities.

The updated forecast is calling for as much as 150 mm by Wednesday morning, with some models calling for more. The peak river flow is expected Wednesday morning or early afternoon on the Elbow and Wednesday evening on the Bow. Conditions are expected to change as rainfall continues.

While high water levels are not expected in Calgary until Thursday, we are making every effort to inform Calgarians which areas in the city are at risk of flooding. In some localized communities along the Bow River, there may be the potential to be on standby to evacuate. Detailed maps of the most impacted areas can be found at

How The City of Calgary is preparing and keeping Calgarians safe

What Calgarians should do

Take steps to be flood ready

Report pooled water on streets

The City of Calgary has special devices in the storm drains that allow the water to drain slowly and not overload the stormwater system. If citizens see water pooling around storm drains they should wait 90 mins and if it’s still not draining, take a photo and submit it via the 311 app or online request. This will help City crews respond on a priority basis.

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