Update: Municipal Emergency Plan

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Update: Municipal Emergency Plan

July 04, 2013 06:30 PM

Update: Municipal Emergency Plan Activation

The City’s Municipal Emergency Plan (MEP) remains in effect as recovery and relief efforts continue.

Under the MEP, The City may:

–          Acquire the tools, equipment and other resources to support our City in recovering from this flood

–          Evacuate areas of the city and provide care for those who have had to leave their homes

–          Access property in the course of responding to and or recovering from the flood

For more information on the flood please visit: calgary.ca/flood2013

Adverse weather conditions

A high stream advisory has been issued for the Bow and Elbow rivers, which means the water levels will be going higher than they currently are and an increased flow will be visible on both rivers.

A public access ban remains in place for Calgary’s rivers until further notice. Calgarians are reminded to stay off the rivers as well as away from the river banks. These areas are still dangerous and will have suffered serious and dangerous erosion in many places. The rivers also contain a significant amount of debris that continues to pose a hazard.

Waste and recycling update

Blue cart recycling collection will resume city-wide the week of July 8. Only items in a blue cart will be collected, items that do not fit in should be stored for the next week or taken to a community depot.

City landfills will return to normal operating hours starting July 8, landfills are open 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. Residents who bring flood related waste to the landfills will continue to have fees waived for these items. 

Service in Flood-Affected Neighbourhoods

Waste & Recycling Services’ trucks will continue circulating through flood-affected neighbourhoods assisting residents with collection of flood waste. W&RS will also continue servicing dumpsters that were temporarily located in these communities for flood materials.

–       Blue and black carts will be collected on the regular collection day at the regular location (front street or lane).

–       Residents should contact 311 to report missing or damaged carts so The City can replace them.

–       Residents who are missing black carts in those areas can use garbage bags (maximum weight 20 kg per bag).

–       Recyclables cannot be bagged so you need a blue cart to resume recycling collection. Please contact 311.

–       Household hazardous waste should be taken to the Throw ‘N’ Go areas in City landfills or designated fire halls for safe disposal (visit calgary.ca/waste for locations).

–       Appliances should also be taken to the Throw ‘N’ Go locations in City landfills.

City Landfill Hours

In order to assist with the flood clean-up, operating hours at the three City of Calgary landfills – Spyhill, Shepard and East Calgary – were extended from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Those hours will continue until Sunday, July 7.

Starting Monday, July 8, City landfills will resume normal operating hours of 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The City will continue to waive landfill fees for flood-related waste until further notice.

Waste & Recycling Services thanks Calgarians for their patience and understanding during the flood clean-up effort.

So far, City landfills have received over 31,000 tonnes of flood waste, equivalent to the amount of construction and demolition waste normally received in five months.

Parks pathway update

As water recedes The City is assessing damage and needed repairs to our extensive public pathway system.  With over 800 kms of pathways, more than any other North American city, The City had to close or detour 12 per cent of our pathways last week.

This week, there is less than six per cent of our pathways closed or detoured. 

For those repairs that will take longer, Parks and Transportation Planning are investigating new on-street bike routes as alternatives.

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