7 Great Ways to Get Flood Information in Calgary
As we approach flood season and the five-year anniversary of the 2013 Southern Alberta and Calgary flood, here are some plans for the City of Calgary’s 2018 flood readiness campaign to update you about the actions The City has taken to become a more flood resilient city.
With a higher-than-average snowpack, overland flooding affecting several Alberta communities and the five-year anniversary of the 2013 Southern Alberta and Calgary flood, The City knows that river flooding and the damage it has, and can cause, is top-of-mind for Calgarians. It is The City of Calgary’s priority to monitor, manage and reduce flood risk, and to ensure citizens understand their risk and have the resources available to prepare.
River flooding impacts all Calgarians who live, work, commute or play in the city and along the Bow and Elbow Rivers. River flooding is most likely to occur between May 15 and July 15. It is important to note that:
- Heavy rainfall upstream of Calgary has the biggest influence on river flood risk. These events are challenging to forecast because Calgary is so close to the mountains. We can sometimes see potential rain events 5 to 7 days ahead, but by the time we know how high river flows may be, we may have less than 24 hours to respond.
- A high snowpack alone can cause high flows, but does not cause our rivers to flood. The snowpack in the mountains has been higher than average this year, however, lower spring temperatures in the mountains means the snow is melting slower than on the prairies, where snowmelt is causing flooding in other municipalities.
- The City and Province continuously monitor for conditions that can develop into flood events.
Since 2013, together with the Province, we have committed more than $150 million towards projects that will reduce the risk of river flood damage. We have also strengthened our understanding of the flow of the Bow and Elbow Rivers, how the rivers change and have changed, flood modelling, forecasting, preparedness and response.
We all have a critical role to play in preparing for river flooding.
The City of Calgary’s 2018 Flood Readiness Campaign aims to provide up to date information to Calgarians about how to understand our flood risk, be prepared and stay informed.
Seven great ways to get flood information this year
- Visiting Disaster Alley (May 5)
- Attending the open house for Bow River communities at Foothills Academy, with presentations by Frank Frigo and Chief Sampson (see below)
- Looking out for increased flood information in digital ads and on social media
- Visiting the monthly City News blog posts, calgarycitynews.com that will have frequently-updated information on:
- snowpack and flood risk
- personal preparedness
- mitigation projects
- climate change and flood risk
- Reading the bi-weekly Flood e-newsletter, and sign up at calgary.ca/floodinfo
- Receiving regular and frequent updates on the City of Calgary flood website calgary.ca/floodinfo
- Signing up to www.gccarra.ca for Ward 9-specific Flood information
We’ll continue to increase our communications to you during this time and continue to do the work to mitigate flood damage and protect Calgary against potential flood events.
In the meantime, we invite you to attend the Flood Preparedness Open House for Bow River Communities and to share this invitation with your friends and neighbours who are able to attend our first open house.
Flood Preparedness Open House for Bow River Communities
- Tuesday, May 15, 2018
- Start time: 7:00 p.m.
- Foothills Academy
- 745 37th Street N.W.