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City prepares for potential flooding

June 14, 2022 11:02 AM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

Potential flooding may occur in the next 24 to 48 hours with a high streamflow advisory currently in effect for the Red Deer River.

“City crews are working to protect infrastructure and prepare for potential flooding,” said Director of Emergency Management, Ken McMullen. “We have crews preparing sandbags and working to ensure we are ready to respond and support the community, as needed, over the next 48 hours,”

At this time, a flood warning is not in effect for Red Deer; however, a rainfall warning is in place for Red Deer, and we expect heavy precipitation over the 24-48 hours.

We will continue to monitor the conditions and will update residents as conditions change. In the meantime, here is how you can help prepare for potential flooding:

  • Stay off the Red Deer River.
  • Ensure your downspouts are working and are down
  • If you use rain barrells, consider draining them regularly away from your house
  • Report blocked catch basins to Public Works at 403.342.8238
  • Remove important documents and items from your basement
  • If you have a sump pump, ensure it is working
  • Drive according to conditions and avoid driving through pooled water
  • Obey all closures and barricades

The Lion’s Campground was closed to campers this morning and all boat launches into the river are closed. Residents are asked to stay off the river as conditions will change quickly.

The City’s Emergency Operations Centre remains activated and we will continue to provide regular updates to the public.

For more information, please visit www.reddeer.ca/flood.

For more information contact:

Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer

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