TABER - A Local State of Emergency (SOLE) now covers the entire Municipal District of Taber, as thawing snow has created localized flooding near roads and intersection.
No evacuation orders are in effect for the time being. Residents should monitor the district website for updates.
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.
Taber RCMP advise motorists that Highway 864 and a section of Highway 36, north of the Old Man River is under water and impassable. There is no anticipated time line of when the highway will re-open.
MD crews have also noted flooding in Enchant, Grassy Lake, Hays and Vauxhall.
Fire department volunteers have assisted with road barricades, he said.
Road Closures or limited access in the MD of Taber where barricades have been set up, as of 4:50-pm Saturday (Apr 14), can be found on the District's website.
Other roadways are being impacted by flooding and additional closures may be added.
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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