Nov. 29, 2014 – AFD response to two building floods
December 1, 2014
AIRDRIE, ALBERTA – On Saturday, November 29, 2014, Airdrie Fire Department responded to two separate flooding incidents involving large multi-family buildings.
The first incident occurred at 10:49 a.m. in a multi-family apartment located in the 700 block of Willowbrook Road NW.
On arrival, fire crews discovered a problem in the south wing of the four story complex. A sprinkler line had ruptured in the ceiling of a third floor apartment releasing copious amounts of water soaking the lower floors before settling in the basement level.
Residents living in approximately forty apartments were evacuated to the lobby and eventually to the street. RCMP Victim Assistance personnel attended the scene to provide initial support to displaced residents.
As a safety precaution, electricity to the building was shut off while firefighters quickly shut down the main water supply. Crews then began diverting water to the exterior of the building and initiated salvage and overhaul procedures. Furniture and personal belongings were either removed or covered with tarps prior to heavy, water soaked ceilings being taken down. Full damage estimates remain undetermined.
Once loss was stopped and all residents were safe the building was turned over to the property manager. There were no injuries to report. Thirteen firefighters and five pieces of apparatus were on scene.
A second flooding incident occurred at 2:04 p.m. in a newly built, not yet occupied, four story apartment complex located in the 100 block of Chinook Winds Place SW.
Upon arrival fire crews found the building in full alarm with water flowing from the ceiling on the main floor and down all staircases. Firefighters quickly determined that the water was coming from a ruptured four inch water line located in the buildings attic space.
Prior to crews implementing overhaul efforts, electricity and water were shut off. Overhaul included firefighters creating drains and diversion channels to remove much of the standing water. All four floors experienced severe and extensive damage due to the large amount of water involved.
Once the scene was determined to be stable the building was turned over to the property manager. Total damage estimates remain undetermined.
There were no injuries to report. Thirteen firefighters and five pieces of apparatus were on scene.
Deputy Chief Garth Rabel