City's flood prep website set to launch next week
City working to be ready for another flood, but Calgarians urged to do their part.
The City of Calgary is setting up a new website next week to help residents be prepared in case of flooding.
Calgary.ca/floodprep, which launches on Monday, will have videos and tips to avoid flooding and updates on the mitigation work the city is doing.
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Mayor Naheed Nenshi said the city is working to reduce the effect of any future flood with short-term projects such as better warning systems, riverbank repair, temporary barriers and making sandbags more available.
“My greatest hope and wish is that we never ever have to go through what we went through last year. That said, we can't control nature. But we can control our response to it. That's really what I'm focused on for the city as a corporation, as a city government and for everyone who lives here."
Bruce Burrell, head of Calgary's Emergency management Agency, said residents must do their part too.
"We simply can't protect everybody,” he said. “We'll continue to recommend things like moving valuables to the highest level possible in your home checking your insurance policy, you know your property best.”
Officials suggest the most likely time for a flood is between May 15 and July 15.