Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Municipal Emergency Plan (MEP) activation due to high winds

Update: 5:30 a.m. January 5
At 5:30 a.m. today, The City of Calgary’s Municipal Emergency Plan was deactivated with regard to the high winds occurring in Calgary.

As a result of yesterday’s high winds, 3rd Street SW between 6th Avenue and 7th Avenue SW remains closed due to an unsafe situation that exists from an unsecured sign at the BMO building.  Traffic and pedestrian access will both be affected. The City will notify Calgarians when this area has been reopened.

The City will continue to work with partner agencies to ensure all outstanding issues are resolved.

The City advises that if you have damage to your home or property due to the high winds, you should consult your insurance policy and follow that process. Wind damage is covered by most insurance policies, so make sure to take photos of any damage for claims purposes.

Calgarians are asked to help their community by reporting any unsafe situations that have not yet been addressed. Non-life threatening situations including downed trees not posing any public danger or debris in parks can be addressed by calling 3-1-1. If citizens see things such as downed power lines or other situations affecting public safety they should call 9-1-1.

Update: 7:18 p.m.

The City of Calgary has reopened  Highway 22X between Cranston Boulevard and Deerfoot Trail S.E. in both directions.  Earlier today Calgary Police Service closed this portion of Highway 22X due to unsafe conditions from blowing construction material.

3rd Street SW between 6th Avenue and 7th Avenue SW remains closed due to an unsafe condition that exists from a unsecured sign at the BMO building. Calgary Fire Department is assessing the damage at this time. This road will remain closed until the unsafe situation can be rectified.

EMS responded to one minor injury mid-afternoon due to wind-related conditions. The injured individual was transported to hospital.

While Environment Canada ended its official weather warning for the city of Calgary at 5:30 p.m., The City’s Emergency Operations Centre remains open at this time to continue to monitor the situation.

Update: 6:28 p.m. (Video shot at 5:35 p.m.)

Director Bruce Burrell talking about the Municipal Emergency Plan (MEP)activation.

Update: 6:09 p.m.
  •  Marquis of Lorne Trail between Deerfoot Trail and Cranston Blvd. Now open
  • 3rd Street SW between 6th and 7th Avenue remains closed for the time being
Update: 5:28 p.m.
Current road closures:
  •  Marquis of Lorne Trail between Deerfoot Trail and Cranston Blvd.
  • 3rd Street SW between 6th and 7th Avenue
January 4, 2012 4 p.m.

Due to the continuing high winds and the dangers posed, the Municipal Emergency Plan (MEP) was activated at 15:40 this afternoon.  The Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) was opened at the same time. The Calgary Emergency Management Agency’s members and partners gather in the EOC to manage operations related to the windstorm.

Environment Canada issued a wind warning earlier today, calling for gusts of wind up to 120km/h. High winds can pose significant hazards. Pedestrians and drivers should exercise caution. Truck transport drivers are advised to refrain from driving with empty trailers in and around Calgary.

The Calgary Fire Department and the Calgary Police Service have issued several road closures due to the high winds. Motorists are advised to listen to local media for the latest updates on closures. There may be significant impact to traffic conditions during rush hour based on changing weather conditions.

Visit Environment Canada's Official Weather Warnings page for more information.

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