M.D. of Taber: Local State of Emergency (Impact on Bussing while all schools remain open)

As of Sunday, April 15, 2018 – 18:00 hrs, the M.D. of Taber remains in a local state of emergency.

Overland flooding is continuing throughout the M.D. and road closures are widespread. Flooding is more prevalent North and East of Taber and subsiding somewhat in the southern portion of the M.D.

Gravel roads are saturated, remain extremely soft and there is extensive damage with some roads containing ruts in excess of 2 feet.

Barricades are in place for your safety, please obey road closure notices.

ALL SCHOOLS WILL REMAIN OPEN, for those unaffected and to assist those working to protect residents and residences during this local state of emergency.

Based on: conversations this evening with the M.D. and the Emergency Operations Center, the extent of gravel road closures, and the condition of gravel roads, ALL RURAL BUS ROUTES (gravel routes) WITHIN THE M.D. OF TABER WILL BE CANCELLED for Monday April 16, 2018.

There will be NO buses in the communities of Enchant, Vauxhall, Hays, and Grassy Lake.

Town buses in Taber will continue to operate, as will the transfer buses between Grassy Lake and Taber, and Barnwell and Taber.

At this time, buses in the communities of Lomond, Warner, and Milk River will continue to operate with modified routes. Drivers will be contacting parents should rerouting be required.

If parents have questions about their children’s route please contact your bus driver directly or contact First Student at (403) 223 5670.

We continue to respect parents rights to make decisions regarding the safety of their children. Parents may choose to drive their children to school, or make the decision to reframe from driving on flooded roads and keep children at home.

We continue to work cooperatively with all agencies including the M.D. and Alberta’s Emergency Management Agency during this state of emergency.

As of April 15, 2018 at 5:00 pm the following roads are closed.

*NOTE* Numerous other roadways are being impacted by flooding. It is expected that as flows increase additional roadways will be closed to traffic.

We are meeting again tomorrow with the M.D. and the Emergency Operations Center and will strive to continue to update staff and families.

Up to date information is available at

http://mdtaber.ab.ca

and

http://511.alberta.ca