Thursday, January 5, 2012

The City continues to monitor wind levels

At approximately 7:30 a.m. this morning, Environment Canada issued another wind warning for the city of Calgary, with gusts expected up to 90km/h. These winds are expected to be brief and will diminish as a cold front moves past.

Yesterday, the Municipal Emergency Plan (MEP) was activated and the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) was opened due to the high winds. However, as winds started to subside overnight, the MEP was deactivated and the Emergency Operations Centre closed as of 5:30 a.m. this morning.

The Municipal Emergency Plan is not activated at this time.

The Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) is in contact with Environment Canada and is monitoring the weather conditions. CEMA will also monitor response activity to current winds and if an extraordinary number of emergency calls is experienced, the MEP may be activated again and the EOC re-opened.

One road closure due to yesterday’s high winds remains in effect: 3rd Avenue SW between 6th Street and 7th Street remains closed due to an unsafe condition that exists from and unsecured sign on the BMO building. Vehicular and pedestrian access is affected. Calgary Transit is not affected by this closure.

Calgarians are reminded to secure loose items in their yards and on balconies. Natural gas and propane fuel for barbecues should be shut off at the source to prevent gas leaks should the barbecue become detached.

Calgarians are asked to report any unsafe conditions including downed trees not posing any public danger or debris in parks by calling 3-1-1. For emergencies, such as downed power lines or other situations affecting public safety, call 9-1-1.

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