Thursday, May 15, 2014

City hosts flood preparation open houses

The City of Calgary is hosting two more open houses for Calgarians in May to share what steps The City is taking and what people can do to prepare for the potential of flooding this year.

The first open house will be Wednesday, May 7, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the Ramsay Community Association hall, 1136 8 St. SE.

The second open house will be held Thursday, May 15, from 6 – 8 p.m. at Foothills Academy, 745 37 St. N.W.

Staff from a number of business units including the Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA), Calgary Fire Department, Development & Building Approvals, Water Service and Water Resources, Calgary Police Service, Community & Neighbourhhood Services and the Flood Recovery Operations Centre will be on hand to share information and answer questions. Representatives from The City’s Expert Management Panel on River Flood Mitigation and the Government of Alberta will also be available.

The sessions will be drop-in style with no formal presentations. That way, residents can chose when to drop in, explore the information tables at their leisure and speak with staff in their areas of interest.

These will be the final two information sessions being hosted by The City this spring. More than 1,200 Calgarians have already attended four open houses hosted by The City and Province in March and April.

Calgarians are encouraged to visit for ongoing update and information. The website outlines what The City is doing and what people can do to be prepared. Information on river flows and watershed monitoring will also be available on that website once river monitoring ramps up in mid-May.

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