Some residents in Calgary are using extreme measures to keep their property protected from any flooding. In Elbow Park, one homeowner has put up a metal fence that is 3 m high to keep his riverfront home safe. Another resident that lives in Rideau Park has his home surrounded by a wall and has also put in a pumping system.
These drastic measures are okay according to Mayor Naheed Nenshi as long as they have been approved by the City of Calgary and won't cause any damage to neighbouring properties. Some of the flood mitigation projects that have been done by homeowners are only temporary and will be removed in the summer.
Alberta is also now offering a new phone app that can be downloaded for free from the government website. The app was developed by Evan Friesenham, a river forecasting director. It has been designed to let the public know about any changes in water levels. Updates will be provided within 30 minutes of any fluctuations.
The app also provides flood advisories, warnings and watches and data about precipitation and river flows. The information comes from the Alberta River Forecasting Centre. The data is provided in both a text and a map format. There is also the possibility that a feature that would allow users to send in photos of current local conditions will be added in the future.
This app is just one of the ways that residents of Calgary can find out more information about possible flood conditions. This new app is not intended to replace any other resources that currently exist. Local news and the Alberta Emergency Alert system will be providing up-to-date information to residents across the Calgary area and the rest of Alberta.