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Monday, 11 April 2011 12:06

City activates emergency operations centre

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The City of Swift Current Flood Planning Team met early this morning and have activated the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC).


This decision was made because a series of triggers were met, resulting in a potential threat of damage to property and infrastructure. 

The EOC is comprised of key city and other agency individuals who direct and control the response to the event. They are responsible for providing essential services to the community and the allocation of resources to support both the event and the community response.

The City reminds those residents in flood prone areas that sandbags and sand are available free of charge at the Service Centre located at 2074 South Service Road West.  As with any potential extreme conditions, the main focus is on the safety and well being of the residents of Swift Current.   During this release, there will be faster flowing water and residents are reminded to stay safe and keep children away from the creek. The spring run-off is causing the creek to rise quickly producing a swift moving current.  This is often enticing to children and it is advised that these areas be avoided. 

For the past 10 weeks the City of Swift Current and appropriate agencies, including the Saskatchewan Watershed Authority have been meeting on a weekly basis to acquire information and develop action plans. The City Flood Planning Team is currently applying these actions plans and mitigative measures in the flood plain in an attempt to minimize risk. The Flood  Planning Team is accessing both city-owned and provincial equipment and resources, provided by the Department of Corrections, Public Safety, and Policing.

Saskatchewan Watershed Authority and Agri-Environment Services Branch will continue to monitor inflows and water levels in Duncairn Reservoir.

The City of Swift Current urges parents to inform their children and cautions the public to maintain a safe distance from the creek banks until the runoff has subsided and water levels return to normal.

Residents are reminded to stay away from the fast moving water and to take necessary preparations to protect themselves and their property.

Federal government literature on flood preparation is also available at city hall should residents wish to acquire further information.


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