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Canada 'Catastrophic' overland flooding shuts down southern Alberta highway, threatens Taber homes

05:05  15 april  2018
05:05  15 april  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

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Overland flooding has blocked the Highway 36 between Vauxhall and Taber . ( Alberta RCMP). Rural homes are being threatened by encroaching floodwaters in the M.D. of Taber . (Supplied).

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a body of water: Flooded farmland in the municipal district of Taber, Alta., 260 kilometres southeast of Calgary.© Lucie Edwardson/CBC Flooded farmland in the municipal district of Taber, Alta., 260 kilometres southeast of Calgary.

The M.D. of Taber, Alta., is under an emergency alert due to overland flooding.

Dozens of roads have been closed around the area, including Highway 36 from Taber to Vauxhall.

The alert was issued at approximately 3:20 p.m. on Saturday, due to localized flooding on roads.

"What we are experiencing right now is best described as catastrophic," said Derrick Krizsan, the municipal administrator for the M.D. of Taber. "We have within our municipal boundaries at this time no area untouched by snow melt."

Krizsan said dozens of properties in the M.D. were flooding or at risk of flooding.

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' Catastrophic ' overland flooding shuts down southern Alberta highway , threatens Taber homes . On Friday, the M.D. announced that although a significant amount of overland floodwater remains on farmland, and approximately 80 kilometres of road are still closed due to damage

Drivers were warned that high water flows may have made some roads impassable.

Krizsan said crews were working on flood mitigation Saturday and were monitoring the status of culverts and drainage channels. Fire department volunteers were out assisting with road barricades, he said.

Flooding was observed in Grassy Lake, Vauxhall, Enchant and Hays, according to the district's website.

The Town of Taber was under a state of emergency for days in March, after heavy snowfall combined with warm weather saw floodwaters encroaching on the water treatment facility.

"We have experienced since Oct. 2 a very unseasonable Alberta winter. High snowfalls, a few Chinooks and certainly we knew some time ago we were in for an interesting spring ... but this is unprecedented," Krizsan said.

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He said this emergency alert was different because of the scope of the flooding, which has been occurring throughout the municipality.

"We have water moving overland at locations and at rates that really no one alive has witnessed before," he said.

Temperatures in the region were expected to fluctuate between –4 C and 14 C, with a possibility of freezing rain on Monday.

Krizsan said the district is asking property owners to be patient and not pump more water off their properties than is necessary to protect their homes and businesses, as the irrigation infrastructure is at capacity.

"The irrigation districts have been extremely accommodating, but what is occurring right now is threatening to overwhelm their infrastructure as well," he said.

A full list of road closures and updates on the emergency situation are available on the district's website .

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