Saturday June 22, 2013
Water levels of the Old Man River peaked overnight and remain very high. We expect water levels to recede very slowly. The River Valley remains closed. City staff continue to monitor water levels and are reviewing the damages to City infrastrucure and the safety of the river bank. Whoop-up Drive and Highway 3 remain open. Bridge Drive has reopened. We remain in a State of Local Emergency.
Friday June 21, 2013
River flow rates appear to be leveling off but remain very high. Lethbridge continues to be in a state of emergency. The Emergency Operations Centre will remain open throughout the night, and City staff continue to monitor water levels. Both bridges remain open.
Water levels continue to rise. Our current forcast from Alberta Environment is that the river should peak at 2005 levels between midnight and 2:00 a.m. Based on these predictions we expect the bridges to remain open. We will continue to monitor flows throughout the night. The river is flowing very fast and has heavy debris. The river valley remains closed.
Water remains safe to drink but please conserve water by reducing consumption. Lower consumption reduces strain on our water treatment plant and wastewater treatment plant.
Current forcast from Alberta Environment is peak river flow between midnight and 2 a.m. The river valley remains closed.
Whoop-up Drive and Highway #3 remain open.
River levels will continue to steadily rise. The river valley will remain closed until further notice.
The Oldman River levels have not peaked. We still expect the river to continue to rise. We will keep you updated as we know more.
Thanks to residents for your cooperation in staying away from the river valley. If you are working this weekend to clean up your yard, don't forget to visit our two yard waste sites. They are open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Click here for more information.
We are getting a lot of inquiries about our roads and potential closures. We base flooding projections on information from Alberta Environment and we anticipate Whoop-Up Drive and Highway #3 to West Lethbridge will remain open at peak flow. We will update this page as well as Facebook and Twitter if that changes.
Thank you to Premier Redford for visiting our Emergency Operations Centre this mornin. We continue to work in the centre and plan for the afternoon flood.
All river valley parks and facilities are CLOSED for the weekend. This includes Popson, Elks, Pavan and Baroness Park. Please phone Recreation and Culture at 403.320.3020 for more information about your weekend bookings.
Based on latest flood forecasting information from Alberta Environment, we expect very high river flow, severe bank erosion & debris in the water. Keep away from river valley area. We anticipate we will be able to maintain travel on Hwy 3 & Whoop-Up Drive. This may be subject to change as additional information becomes available. Please follow us here and also on the City of Lethbridge Twitter and Facebook pages for regular updates.
There is nothing new to report from the Emergency Operations Centre. We are just reiterating to residents to please stay away from the river. We thank all residents for their cooperation!
Bridgeview Campground remains closed.
Here is what we know this morning with the information we currently have available in the Emergency Operations Centre:
Based on river monitoring, the river is now expected to peak between 2 and 3 p.m. today.
We are predicting higher river levels than 2005.
Paradise Canyon residents can stay in their homes for now.
There is a lot of debris coming our way so please STAY a far distance away from the river.
Schools within the City of Lethbridge are open today. We thank all schools, parents & kids for their quick response yesterday.
A friendly reminder that ALL parks & facilities in the river valley remain CLOSED. Please be safe out there.
City of Lethbridge Emergency Operations Centre is still operational and will be providing a status update around 8 a.m.
Whoop-Up Drive & Hwy #3 remain OPEN. Only roads leading to the river valley, including Bridge Drive are closed.
Thursday June 20, 2013
All evacuees are currently lodged for the evening and the reception centre at the Fritz Sick Centre is closed for the night. If you are an evacuee and require the services of a reception centre call 1-888-800-6493.
All local schools are expected to open as usual Friday morning.
Based on the projections, bridges in the city are expected to remain open. Bridge Drive will remain closed until after the peak tomorrow.
The latest information from Alberta Environment indicates that the anticipated main flood surge is moving slower than projected and will not reach Lethbridge until Friday afternoon. The peak is still anticipated to be similar to levels experienced in 2005 where there was extensive River Valley flooding.
We have confirmed that the Oldman River has reached the bank in some areas of Fort McLeod and the City and County are monitoring flows at the Monarch Bridge, west of Lethbridge.
Evacuated Paradise Canyon residents are being allowed to return back home for the night but will remain on standby for evacuation if required. We thank them for their patience and cooperation.
Bridgeview Campground remains closed.
The City will remain in a Local State of Emergency until the surge peaks and begins to subside. We continue to urge residents to stay out of the River Valley as the volumes of water will be very significant.
Berms at key City infrastructure like the Water and Wastewater Treatment plant were completed this afternoon and those facilities are protected.
As the river continues to rise, residents are reminded that the River Valley is closed. Please stay away for your safety. Whoop Up Drive and Highway 3 remain open to traffic.
Berms have been built around water & wastewater treatment plants and should be safe from flooding.
The river is now expected to peak at 8 p.m.
The Oldman River is very high and flowing very quickly. Please stay far away. It is unsafe to be anywhere near the river banks. They are unstable.
As of right now, there is NOT a boil water advisory in place. City of Lethbridge water remains safe for consumption. We will send updates immediately if this changes.
For those residents wanting to clean up after last night's storm, the yard waste sites are open 7 a.m.-7 p.m., seven days a week. Check out the new site in West Lethbridge! We are ready for all your branches, leaves and grass clippings!
Roads connecting West and South Lethbridge remain OPEN. Roads into the river valley, including Bridge Drive are closed. Residents are reminded to stay out of the river valley.
We continue to monitor water levels to predict potential flood impact. Bridges & roads connecting the City are projected to remain OPEN.
Residents who have been evacuated and would like to register for reunification or other purposes can call 403-327-7117.
Thanks to all the volunteers who are helping at Fort Whoop-Up. As of right now, we have enough volunteers, but will send out another call for volunteers if that changes.
As of right now, all updates below remain the same.
We are asking you to please call your pools before heading out to swimming lessons just to make sure they are still on. They will be making the call closer to your swim times.
Lethbridge Transit is running and on schedule!
At this point, we do not believe that the bridges are going to be closed, but will update as we monitor the river levels.
Latest information indicates river levels to peak in Lethbridge between 5-6pm. Updates can be found here or on facebook or twitter.
All local schools in Lethbridge are being asked to close and have children home by 3 p.m.
People who have children in childcare and live and work on the opposite side of the river are asked to please pick up their children and take them home.
This is due to pending flooding and loss of connection to the opposite side of the river.
Officials will try to keep the bridges open as long as they can.
Any volunteers who might want to help remove artifacts from Fort Whoop-Up can report to the City Hall foyer. They will be bussed in and out of the river valley.
We have officially declared a local state of emergency. This means that we are working hard to ensure that resources are available to ensure safety in the river valley. We will update as more information becomes available.
The Bridge Valley Campground and all golf courses in the river bottom are on evacuation alert.
1995 flood levels are expected.
Residents in lower Paradise Canyon are now being evacuated by police. They will be knocking on your door if you live in that area. Please gather your important documents and follow police instructions.
The City of Lethbridge and Country of Lethbridge are working together to ensure that public safety is top of mind. We are also working together to protect core infrastructure.
Residents of Paradise Canyon are on evacuation alert. Police will be knocking on doors in the event that they are asked to evacuate.
Residents are also asked to please reduce water consumption.
The river valley is closed. Please stay out of the river valley. The Oldman River is under flood watch and it is not safe to be in or around the river.
The Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) has been activated where City officials have gathered to create a course of action with the safety of all Lethbridge residents in mind. Fire, police, planners, transportation operations, Mayor Dodic and the City Manager are among the officials in the room.
City facilities in the river bottom are closed (The Nature Centre and Fort Whoop-Up). Those currently in the facilities are being evacuated.
Please follow the City of Lethbridge on Facebook and Twitter for updates or check back here.