June 24, 2013 - Rainfall update

June 24, 2013 / For Immediate Release 

AIRDRIE, ALBERTA – As a result of the recent flooding in the city of Calgary and surrounding communities, the City of Airdrie has responded with support, altered transit services and an outdoor water ban.

Airdrie Fire Department

At the request of the City of Calgary, the Airdrie Fire Department (AFD) is providing assistance in the City of Calgary Emergency Operations Centre.

As part of the re-entry initiative for Calgary residents who were displaced from their home during the flood, all homes are being inspected by a team of safety professionals including utilities and fire service personnel.  AFD Safety Codes Officers are providing their expertise to these escort teams.

In addition, three pieces of AFD support apparatus and 12 Safety Code Officers/Firefighters have been sent in to assist.

Operational response for the City of Airdrie will not be affected by deployment of these crews.  These teams consist of off duty operational staff that has been called to support emergency efforts in Calgary. Chief Officers will be supporting AFD crews from the City of Calgary Emergency Operations Centre throughout this time.

The Airdrie Fire Department also provided additional resources to the Town of Cochrane on Friday, June 21, 2013. 

Transit

Today’s 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. departures from Saddletown have been cancelled due to low ridership. Today’s updated afternoon ICE departures are 4:45 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. times from Saddletowne.

Airdrie Transit will be decreasing Intercity Express (ICE) services for Tuesday, June 25, 2013. First Route 901 trip (6 a.m. departure from Ron Ebbesen Arena) and first Route 902 (6:27 a.m. departure from Chinook Winds) have been cancelled.

ICE buses will provide service to and from Saddletown, at which point Airdrie Transit users will be required to use Calgary Transit to complete the remainder of their trip. The City of Airdrie will provide ICE users with two Calgary Transit passes so they can complete the remainder of their trip at no additional expense. ICE passengers should review calgarytransit.com for updates on public transit services within the city of Calgary.

Determination of ICE service levels for June 26 will be confirmed by 5 p.m. the day prior. ICE users should visit airdrie.ca or follow Airdrie Transit on Twitter at @AirdrieTransit for additional updates. 

Outdoor water ban remains in effect

The following outdoor activities are prohibited:

  • Washing down outdoor surfaces, exterior building surfaces, sidewalks, driveways, or walkways of any sort.
  • Watering of lawns, gardens, trees and shrubs by any method; also ensure that sprinklers on timers are turned off.
  • Using water for filling outdoor decorative features, fountains, pools or hot tubs.
  • Using water for construction purposes such as grading or compaction.

In addition, the City of Calgary continues to request that Calgarians, businesses and regional customers in Strathmore, Chestermere and Airdrie continue to only use indoor tap water that they absolutely need. Residents should:

  • limit toilet flushing
  • limit showers to five minutes or less and keep baths shallow
  • hold off on doing laundry
  • only use their dishwasher if absolutely necessary and there is a full load
  • turn off taps when brushing teeth or shaving
  • not wash their vehicle

City residents can use rain water captured in a rain barrel to water outdoors. Water quality remains good. The outdoor water ban has been issued under Water Works Bylaw B-11/2012.

Donations & volunteers

Donations can be made to the Canadian Red Cross at 1-800-418-1111 or existing aid organizations. For a list of volunteer and donation opportunities, visit volunteercalgary.wordpress.com. Anyone interested in helping out can contact Samaritans Purse at 1.866.628.6565 to add their name to the Alberta Flood clean up list.

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Media contacts:

Glen Archer                                      
Team Leader, Water Services
City of Airdrie
403.948.8800 ext 6371

Chief Kevin Weinberger
Airdrie Fire Department
City of Aidrie
403.804.6408

Chris MacIsaac
Transit Coordinator
City of Airdrie
403.948.8800 ext 8849

 

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