Overland Flooding in Taber
March 29, 2018 - 10:30 AM
The Municipal District of Taber is experiencing significant overland flooding due to the spring snow melt. Numerous homes have been flooded or are under threat of flooding. The MD is currently coordinating the evacuation of some of the homes at risk as the situation has worsened over the past 24 hours.
Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) has been working with the MD and the Alberta Emergency Management Association to provide support during this difficult time. AEP Compliance staff were also engaged early on to address Water Act issues with the MD, and regional staff are participating in daily briefings with the MD. The River Forecast Centre has been in contact with Taber officials, but since the flooding is not due to river flow, it has limited involvement.
A significant amount of local resources have been deployed in response to the overland flooding, and the province has offered additional pumps and hoses; AEP is investigating the availability of other large pumps from its Operations Infrastructure Branch. Some of the water is currently being diverted into local Irrigation District works; however, there is concern they have little capacity to accept more drainage.
At this time, the MD of Taber is considering expanding the State of Local Emergency to include the entire MD, and AEP will remain engaged with the MD to offer support at the regional level.
For local updates and information, visit the MD of Taber website at: