The flood 2013 that will become famous in the Pass gave a number of residents and businessess a considerable amount of damage but despite this, ”things still could’ve been worse,” said Director of Engineering and Planning, Frank Besinger, who added that compared to other locations in Alberta, Crowsnest Pass was lucky.
A local state of emergency that was called at 8 a.m. on Thursday, June 20th was called off four days later on Monday, June 24th at 2 p.m.
The amount of damage from the flood is still uncalculated, but Besinger said it is estimated in the millions.
Results from an assessment by Stantec should be known later this week.
There was approximately 135 cubic metres per second of water flow at the peak last Thursday morning but it declined the next day and stabilized soon after.
Several residences received damage from the flood, including homes in east Blairmore, south Coleman and Hillcrest.
A considerable amount of damage was also done to places in the Lyon’s Creek area and the Drum Creek area.
There were no hospital evacuation orders at the Crowsnest Pass Health Centre but Besinger said they came considerably close when a stream bed near the hospital flooded.
Increased protection will be given to the stream bed by adding rip rap material to the area, in order to provide more safety to the hospital.
“We’re doing the best we can to clean up the area as quick as we can,” said Besinger.
“I’d like to ask all residents to be patient, as there are still a lot of procedures to do.”