Flood waters encroach on the Pibroch Hutterite Colony’s calving area April 26 near Pibroch, Alta. Overland flooding has been a problem this spring in many parts of Alberta.  |  Les Dunford photo

Alta. still grapples with flooding

A long-awaited but all-too-quick spring melt in central and northern Alberta is causing problems for municipalities and farmers. Alberta Emergency Alerts, a provincial government service, had 27 communities on its list of those affected by flooding as of April 30 and nine emergency alerts affecting Mackenzie and Woodlands counties, the Grande Prairie region and municipal […] Read more

It will be awhile until pivot irrgation is needed in some fields within Lethbridge County. Standing water in fields is commonplace, as in this one near Park Lake, north of Lethbridge.  |  Barb Glen photo

Excess water soaks Alberta

ENCHANT, Alta. — The worst of the overland flooding in southern Alberta might be over for most farmers in the Lethbridge and Taber areas, but work has barely begun for the county and municipal district as they assess damage to rural roads, many of which are closed to traffic. A local state of emergency remained […] Read more

Thirty-two local governments declared local states of emergency, and the flood resulted in Alberta declaring its first ever state of provincial emergency. | Source: Alberta Environment | File photo

Land use regulations needed to reduce flood risks: experts

Planners want development restricted on flood plains and high-risk areas

Southern Albertans responded well to last year’s flood crisis, but the recovery is going to take years, said Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi. More than 100,000 people were affected in 30 communities when homes and businesses went under water June 19-21. The final costs are expected to exceed $6 billion, making it Canada’s most expensive natural […] Read more

The damaging effect of too much water was apparent in fields east of Osler, Sask.,
June 27. Damage to agricultural land in Alberta has been minimal. |  William DeKay photo

Agriculture escapes serious damage

It’s hard to describe something as lucky when it’s in the midst of an event as devastating as the floods that stormed through southern Alberta two weeks ago. But reports of agricultural damage and livestock losses caused by the flood have so far been minimal. While High River remained destroyed and Calgary continued its cleanup, […] Read more

A combine was among a variety of farm equipment used to evacuate residents of High River, Alta., last week when flood waters inundated the town. An evacuation order remained in effect as of Monday for all of High River.  |  Mike Sturk photo

Alberta in cleanup mode

$1 billion in provincial emergency funding | Ottawa will also contribute toward recovery

The difficult and expensive process of cleanup after Alberta’s worst flood in history began earlier this week. The province announced $1 billion in emergency funding June 24 as a first phase in recovery from the damage inflicted in at least 25 cities, towns, rural communities and municipalities. Government officials were not willing to speculate on […] Read more

 A woman is rescued by boat in High River, Alta. A state of emergency was declared in the town and residents were evacuated.  |  Mike Sturk photo

River overflows; High River saturated

Community worst hit | Residents forced to leave until infrastructure repaired, water safe

HIGH RIVER, Alta. — Seeing is believing the tragedy that has befallen High River. The worst flood in Alberta history has blitzed this town of 13,000, making it the hardest hit of the 23 communities that were in a state of emergency following heavy rains across the southern half of the province starting June 20. […] Read more

A combine was among a variety of farm equipment used to evacuate residents of High River, Alta., last week when flood waters inundated the town. An evacuation order remained in effect as of Monday for all of High River.  |  Mike Sturk photo

Evacuating High River – a first-hand account

I had no idea. Thursday in High River began with me preparing my lighting kit for a photo shoot later that day in Calgary. Four hours later, a front-end loader and then a boat took my wife and me to safety. At about 7:30 a.m. my neighbour called to say there were flooding concerns and […] Read more

Freelance writer Wendy Dudley lives hillside at Millarville, Alta., and this is the creek below her home. It is normally the width of a ditch, cutting through a pasture. Her farm dog, Zuni, is miffed at where the field went. 
| Wendy Dudley photo

Alberta flood: an eyewitness account

Uprooted trees are jammed against my fence posts, tugging at the barbed wire, and the raging water is taking everything with it: power poles, machinery, sheds, homes. My creek, normally the width of a ditch, now stretches across the valley, bulldozing through the heavy spruce. All around me farm land is flooded, people evacuated, tractors […] Read more