Several communities in southern Alberta are under a state of emergency after recent rainfall, forcing evacuations around the province. Banff National Park was hit especially hard, and the Trans-Canada highway was washed out in some parts after Cougar Creek spilled its banks.
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Town of Canmore in State of Emergency
The Town of Canmore has declared a local state of emergency after a deluge of rain.
Officials say the banks at Cougar Creek are unstable, and residents are being warned to stay away from it and all bodies of water.
Residents south of the pedestrian bridge over Cougar Creek are being evacuated, while other are being notified they should prepare for a possible evacuation.
Power is out at various locations throughout town.
Access to Eagle Terrace is closed and power is out at various locations throughout town.
Three Sisters Parkway is closed.
Schools in Canmore will be open on Thursday but there will be no classes and no school buses are running – as the town deals with dangerously high water levels.
The evacuation centre in Canmore has been moved to their new multipurpose facility at Elevation Place.
The Trans-Canada Highway is closed at Cougar creek eastbound – and at Highway 40 at Exshaw for westbound travel.
The 1A Highway is closed both East and Westbound at Cougar Creek.
Canmore is located about 100 kilometers west of Calgary, Alberta.
If you are in Canmore and need help, an emergency line has been set up. Please call 403-678-1551.
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Town of Banff
A number of highways in the mountain national parks are closed due to heavy precipitation causing flooding and mudslides.
Trans-Canada Highway—both directions at Carrot Creek, located just inside the Banff East Gate. Engineers are assessing bridge safety.
The Trans-Canada Highway—west-bound at the Norquay interchange. Crews and additional equipment are removing debris from the highway.
Highway 93S—the Banff-Radium Highway—from Castle Junction to Radium.
Highway 93N (the Icefields Parkway)—from Lake Louise to Saskatchewan Crossing.
Given persistent rain, there is no estimated time of road reopening at any of the aforementioned locations.
As a precautionary measure, Parks Canada staff are moving campers at Two Jack Lakeside Campground to higher ground at Tunnel Mountain Campground.
There are no reports of injuries.
Not sure how many fellow Southern Alberta folk are here but hope your alright and boil your water since their is a boil water advisory.