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Posted on: June 20, 2022

East Exshaw High Groundwater Updates

June 27, 2022:  Measurements taken throughout the past weekend and earlier this morning indicate that the water level has declined below the threshold used by MD Bighorn staff to trigger the East Exshaw High Groundwater emergency response plan.  Based on this information we are shutting down the emergency coordination centre (ECC) for this event.  Staff will continue to monitor the situation and take weekday groundwater measurements which are posted on the MD website at www.mdbighorn.ca.  Access barricades will remain in place until such time that operations determine they are no longer required.  No further communications are planned at this time.

June 24, 2022: The east Exshaw high groundwater situation remains stable. Staff continue to monitor the situation and take groundwater measurements that are posted on the MD website at www.mdbighorn.ca. Measurements will be taken and posted over the weekend.

The next update will be at 11:00am June 27, 2022.

June 23, 2022:  The east Exshaw high groundwater situation remains stable.  Staff continue to monitor the situation and take groundwater measurements that are posted on the MD website at www.mdbighorn.ca.  Measurements will be taken and posted over the weekend.

The next update will be at 11:00am June 24, 2022

June 22, 2022:  The situation remains unchanged within the last 24 hours.  MD staff continue to monitor the situation and groundwater monitoring indicates that water levels have dropped through the night.  The MD of Bighorn is requesting that any mountain bikers or other recreational users coming into the community please park at the Exshaw school to reduce traffic in the area by the Legion.

The next update will be at 11:00am June 23, 2022

June 21, 2022:  The East Exshaw High Groundwater Response Plan has been activated.  The situation remains unchanged within the last 24 hours.  MD staff continue to monitor water levels and there are no imminent threats to municipal infrastructure.  

The next update will be at 11:00am June 22, 2022

June 20, 2022:  As groundwater levels in East Exshaw have reached the threshold of 1287.6m, the Bow River is under a high streamflow advisory, and residents in East Exshaw have notified the MD of water in their basements, components of the East Exshaw High Groundwater Response Plan have been activated.

Pumps have been deployed in the local area and at the municipal lift station to assist in removing excess groundwater out of the area.  Sandbags have been deployed for use by residents and information notices have been posted on the MD’s website and posted on the community bulletin board.

 Road barricades and signage may be installed without notice.  All residents and visitors are requested and required to obey these closures and/or detours so that MD workers can complete necessary work tasks.

 Next update will be at 11:00am June 21, 2022

East Exshaw High Groundwater Notification Letter

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