The Municipality of Crowsnest Pass has declared a state of local emergency due to potential flooding from the Crowsnest River and the diversion of sewer effluent that will affect those downstream, the town said in a news release Tuesday night.

Alberta Environment has upgraded the flood watch advisory to a flood warning for the Crowsnest River, the release said. Roughly 50 to 70 millimetres of rain is still expected over the next 24 hours, said officials Wednesday morning.

The municipality said it will continue to actively monitor the water levels on the Crowsnest River and its tributaries.  

Residents are advised to actively prepare for flooding:

  • Have a 72-hour emergency kit ready with water, food and supplies. For more information on what to include in your kit, click here.
  • Be prepared to fill their own sandbags. Sand and bags will remain available at the Crowsnest Sports Complex (in the northwest corner) throughout the night.

The Quad Squad and BearSmart volunteers have visited residents in low-lying areas as a precaution to ensure residents are ready to evacuate if necessary.

Residents who need more information or with any concerns are urged to contact the Municipal Office at 403-562-8833. It is open from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. or phone the after-hours emergency line at 403-562-2021.