The rain finally stopped about 4 PM Saturday. The flood was over. On Sunday the sun came out and except for some serious puddles and high water, the worst is over. We seem to have survived quite well. There are a few problems around the area, particularly in Redwood Meadows and at the bottom of Bracken Road. A lot of people were pumping their basements, but I didn’t see any widespread damage. The evacuation alert was issued over a concern that residents of West Bragg Creek could be stranded if one of the bridges over the Bragg Creek became impassable. This led to some discussion about the need for an alternate exit for West Bragg Creek and Wintergreen.
As of 4 PM, Saturday, 146 mm of rain had fallen since Friday morning. Highway 22 at Redwood Meadows and Highway 8 near the Hwy 22 junction were down to one lane.
Note: as of June 21: Most highways have reopened
RCMP – Extreme Road Conditions Warning! During the flood, these highways were trouble spots
Hwy 762, Hwy 546 west of Turner Valley ,Hwy 22 north of Turner Valley, Hwy 68 from Hwy 40 to Hwy 1 and Hwy 1 from the Cochrane to the Morely Overpass are all closed.
RCMP are asking motorists to reduce speeds on the highways to prevent hydroplaning. <
As of 8 AM, June 18 we’ve had 120 mm of rain. It has stopped raining, but more is forecast. A voluntary evacuation order has been issued. Water levels in the creek and on the river have risen dramatically overnight. They’re back to the levels reached on June 8. It is possible that one of the small bridges on the west Bragg Creek Road could be inundated or that the exposed hill of dirt at the T-junction, near the Balsam Avenue bridge over the Elbow, could turn to mud and slide down onto the road. That would block access out of West Bragg Creek. We’ll keep an eye on it.
This chart shows the volume of water flowing through Bragg Creek in the Elbow River on June 21, at 10 AM, measured in cubic metres per second. The red line is the average flow. The blue line is the flow since last April.
Chart is prepared by Alberta Environment
Photos taken at 8:30 AM, June 18. Click an image to see an enlarged version.