Wednesday, April 28, 2010

City of Calgary Preparations for Storm Front

This morning, a storm warning was issued for the city of Calgary by Environment Canada as a storm front is expected to bring 15 centimetres to 20 centimetres of snow fall throughout the day today and into tomorrow.

To prepare for the possible effects that this storm front may have on the city, the Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) is working with its agency partners including: Calgary Transportation, Calgary Police Service, Calgary Transit, Water Services, Customer Service and Communications, Calgary Fire Department and Enmax to monitor the situation and proactively mitigate potential issues.

City crews are applying salt and calcium chloride on roadways addressing known potential trouble spots such as bridge decks and hills to help prevent or reduce ice build-up. Snow isn’t expected to accumulate with temperatures still above freezing and overnight lows remaining above 0°C, but crews will proactively apply de-icing material to ensure there is no ice build-up as the snow continues to fall.

Water Services expects river runoff to be moderate and river flow rates are expected to remain around or below seasonal averages. There is no concern over river flooding at these levels.
In working to ensure response preparedness of City operations and our agency partners, we would like to remind Calgarians of several measures that they can take to ensure their safety.

Calgary is a winter city, and motorists are reminded to do their part during snowfalls.
  • Slow down.
  • Drive defensively.
  • Have appropriate tires, top up your windshield washer fluid and ensure that your vehicle is clear of snow and ice.
  • Keep well back from City crews and equipment and allow us to do our work.
Calgary Police Service also advises drivers to take time to remove snow from your vehicle before you head out, give yourself some extra time to get where you need to go and to remember to always wear a seatbelt.

Also, please practice patience when commuting, whether you are driving or using public transit.
Calgary Transit is preparing for the weather but there could be the possibility of delays due to the snow and traffic. For more information and updates, please visit or contact the Calgary Transit Customer Service Centre at 403-262-1000.

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