Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Remembering the 2013 June flood; response, recovery and the road ahead - Corporate Properties & Buildings

By Friday afternoon on June 21, 2013, seven to 12 feet of water had entered various parts of the Municipal Complex (Municipal Building, City Hall and the Administration Building). The electrical vaults that the team had worked so hard to protect in the Administration Building and the Municipal Building were almost completely submerged. With the loss of equipment in those vaults, there was no power in any of the buildings. This impacted everything from life safety systems (such as fire alarms) to the fuel pump used to run the emergency generator. It also displaced 2400 employees.

In the weeks after the flood, Corporate Properties & Buildings (CPB) worked around the clock to clean up the damage and restore the electrical and mechanical systems in our damaged buildings. This work allowed some City employees who were displaced by the flood to return to their offices and provide essential services to citizens.

We also worked hard to find alternative locations for displaced staff and set up temporary citizen service counters less than 24 hours after the flood.

Visit calgary.ca/floodinfo for 2013 flood facts, photos, infographics and more.

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