GPREP expands work, responds to flooding

Flooding in the Grande Prairie region has led to the Grande Prairie Regional Emergency Partpernship (GRREP) expanding its current operations in order to assist with flood mitigation.

The flooding is caused by melting snow and has resulted in the closure of several local roads. Residents and motorists are asked to obey signs, barricades and the direction of local authorities.

Currently, staff from regional municipalities have responded and are assisting the affected areas to assess the flooding and ensure safety for all members of the public.

Residents in affected areas are encouraged to consider the following efforts to prepare for a flood and reduce the likelihood of flood damage:

  • Put weather protection sealant around basement windows and the base of ground-level doors.
  • Keep all floor drains clear of obstructions.
  • Store important documents and irreplaceable personal objects (such as photographs) where they will not get damaged.
  • Ensure your sump pump is operational.
  • Unplug all electrical appliances and remove them from the flood path.

Residents are reminded to visit the Alberta Emergency Alert website for updates and to stay informed by their local officials by listening to the radio and following updates on municipal websites and social media channels. Additional precautions residents can take are to keep emergency kits close at hand, and to make sure cell phones are charged in the event that evacuation is necessary.

Additional information regarding what to do in the event of a flood can be found on the GPREP website located at www.gprep.ca/spring-flood-2020.

State of Local Emergency Renewed
GPREP’s six partner municipalities continue to be in a State of Local Emergency, allowing a flexible response to emerging needs. Although initially declared in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, this renewal now includes response to overland flooding in the region. According to the Alberta Emergency Management Act, a State of Local Emergency lapses 7 days after declaration, unless renewed by the municipality.