Several areas of Red Deer experienced localized flooding on Thursday afternoon. This lake that appeared at the end of a close in Clearview has now drained. (Photo by Paul Cowley/Advocate staff)

Several areas of Red Deer experienced localized flooding on Thursday afternoon. This lake that appeared at the end of a close in Clearview has now drained. (Photo by Paul Cowley/Advocate staff)

City of Red Deer crews continue responding to flooding complaints

Bower Mall temporarily closed due to flooding

City of Red Deer crews are continuing to respond to localized flooding due to heavy rainfall.

Workers are getting dispatched to calls across the city, as residents are asked to call public works at 403-342-8238 if they continue to have problems with flooding on their roads.

While some residential neighbourhoods are still experiencing water problems, all major roads in the city have now opened — with the exception of 43 Street between 48th and 49th Avenues.

All trails are open, with the exception of the shale trail between Spruce Drive and Ross Street.

If anyone comes across an area with standing water, they are asked to find alternate trail routes and report to www.reddeer.ca/ReportAProblem.

A rainfall warning is in place for Red Deer, with 40 to 60 mm expected before the rain tapers off Friday morning.

“We continue to monitor the situation and will provide updates as they are available,” the city said.

If homeowners experienced damage to property, they are advised to contact their insurance companies immediately. They can guide Red Deerians through the process for cleanup and restoration, and filing a claim.

If you are experiencing active flooding today (i.e., water has not receded or new flooding has occurred), please call 403-342-8750.

Residents may notice an increased amount of water in storm ponds. These are important to collecting excess water from the sewer system and they will drain over time.

Because of changing water levels and poor water quality, stormwater ponds are not for recreation. Swimming, wading and boating of any type is dangerous and not allowed.

Learn what to do if you experience flooding here: reddeer.ca/flood.

Some local businesses that were impacted by flooding are in the Bower Place Mall, where about 10 stores were temporarily closed on Friday morning, with signs indicating a water cleanup was underway.

Most of these stores expected to open later on Friday or on the weekend.

A spokesperson with the mall owner, Quadreal Property Group, said crews are on-site to assist with the situation and are working diligently to make the spaces safe for shoppers and get the stores reopened.

“Our crews are working on it, to make sure they can reopen as quickly as possible.”



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