Saturday, June 10, 2023

Update on Calgary City’s response to the weather forecast

Calgary – In the past 24 hours, most of the rainfall for this system has fallen and the amount of rain was slightly below the high end of the forecast.

About 75-100 mm of rain has fallen so far. The system has started to ease with the possibility of rain up to 40 mm today. Fortunately, some of this precipitation fell into the mountains as snow, which takes time to melt and therefore slows runoff.

Peak river flow is still expected at the elbow on Tuesday night and at the bow on Wednesday morning. At this point, widespread overbank flooding from river flows is unlikely.

During heavy rainfall, storm water drains may temporarily submerge and it may take time for the water to drain. If citizens see water accumulating around storm drains and it is not removed within 90 minutes, take a photo and submit it through the 311 app or an online request. This will help the city crew to respond on priority basis. If there is an immediate safety concern or if water is entering a building, contact 311 immediately.

A boating advisory is in effect on both the Bow and Elbow Rivers due to the high expected flow rate and current forecast. Calgarians are advised against boating and all other watercraft activities on the Bow and Elbow Rivers during this time. Members of the Calgary Fire Department Aquatics Team will monitor the rivers while the advisory is in force.

Here’s what you need to know to stay safe:

park closed

Bones Park, St. Patrick’s Island and Prince’s Island Park will all be closed on Tuesday, June 14 at 4 p.m. There may be additional affected walkways and parks depending on circumstances. Closure information will be shared at

road condition

While the roads of Calgary are generally safe to travel, we are currently experiencing some water-logging spots on the road. In some areas, water pooling has affected the operation of street signs and traffic signals. Arrangements have been made for detours and localized lane closure in the affected areas.

Motorists are advised to exercise caution while driving, especially in low-lying areas and near construction areas, where there may be debris or pooling on the roads.

Report stagnant water on roads

Storm drains in the City of Calgary have special devices that allow water to flow slowly and not overload the stormwater system. If citizens see water accumulating around storm drains, they should wait 90 minutes And if it’s still not coming out, take a photo and submit it via 311 app either online request, This will help the city crew to respond on priority basis.

tree and power line effect

The Environment Canada wind warning for Calgary has expired. The wind caused some trees to fall across the city and power outages.

ENMAX Power has brought in additional staff to continue working towards restoring power safely and quickly. ENMAX’s systems are resilient and we continue to monitor and respond to weather conditions.

If you see a fallen power line, stay at least 10 meters behind. Do not attempt to remove branches or trees with wires.

report an outage Or call ENMAX at 403-514-6100. If the line is sparking or is on the ground, call 9-1-1.

If you want to report a tree fell on city property or blocked a roadway, report it on the 311 app or online., If the tree is on private property, it is your responsibility to arrange for removal services.

If a tree has fallen on a power line, call the Enmax Power trouble line 403-514-6100, If you see sparks or fire, call 911.

Take Steps to Be Prepared for a Flood

Move valuables and documents out of your basement as basement seepage is possible in river communities in low-lying areas

If you have a sump pump or backflow valve, make sure it is working.

Citizens should ensure that they clear debris from eaves, so that they do not get carried away by water and seep into the basement. Point the downspouts away from homes in grassy areas so that the water seeps into the ground.

stay updated

Forecasts and river conditions can change quickly and with little warning, so it is important that Calgarians stay informed. To sign up for emergency notifications and follow city updates via local media and city social media.

These terms are current at the time of writing. Note that weather and river conditions are subject to rapid change without notice. The city is constantly monitoring the changing circumstances and will respond accordingly. To learn more about river flow rates, what’s normal, and when floods begin, visit our updated river flow rate webpage,

extra support

We recognize that the uncertainty caused by heavy rainfall can be a challenging and emotional experience.

If you need mental health support, one of the free, confidential help lines available is @211Alberta. Dial 211, text information to 211 or visit And click on Live Chat.

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