Highway 36 and 864 in MD of Taber reopened but flooding still a major concern

By Dori Modney (@Dori_Modney on Twitter)
April 15, 2018 - 12:41pm

TABER  - Flood waters dropped enough Saturday night in the Municipal District of Taber to allow the reopening of Highways 36 and 864, which had been under water and closed earlier in the day.

However, MD officials warn there is a potential for water levels to rise again as the temperature increases and more snow melts, causing increased runoff. Crews are monitoring the situation and will close roads again if necessary.   

The Local State of Emergency (SOLE) remains in place for the entire Municipal District.

Many roads have been impacted by high water flows and may be impassable and may not be barricaded. Motorists are warned to avoid driving on roads that are under water, as areas of wash-out may be hidden under the water.  

MD crews have also noted flooding in Enchant, Grassy Lake, Hays and Vauxhall is encroaching farms and residential areas

Road Closures or limited access in the MD of Taber where barricades have been set up, as of Saturday (Apr 14), can be found on the District's website. 

All Gravel Roads within the M.D. of Taber are now subject to a 75% road ban. Heavy trucks have damaged a number of saturated gravel roads and this measure has been implemented to protect municipal infrastructure.

Landowners must Not pump water onto roadways, as it will threaten neighbouring land and residential properties as well as irrigation and municipal infrastructure.

Residential property owners who have suffered property damage are advised to contact their insurers. Resources on insurance issues may be found at the following link: Insurance Bureau of Canada www.ibc.ca/ab

Residents can contact the MD of Taber Administration Office at 403-223-3541 to report new or rapidly changing overland flooding conditions.

 

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