Flood­ing con­cerns re­main near Taber

Lethbridge Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Fol­low @TimKalHer­ald on Twit­ter Tim Kali­nowski LETHBRIDGE HER­ALD

The up and down saga of Taber-area flood con­cerns con­tin­ued on the week­end with the tem­po­rary clo­sure and re-open­ing of Hwy. 36 north of the Oldman river and Hwy. 864 be­tween Taber and Vaux­hall. Taber RCMP an­nounced Satur­day that over­land flood­ing cov­er­ing the road­ways had ne­ces­si­tated the clo­sures. By Sun­day, those clo­sure or­ders had been lifted.

Taber has been grap­pling with its flood risk for much of the past month as frigid win­ter tem­per­a­tures grad­u­ally give way to milder spring weather. And the flood saga may not be over yet for lo­cal res­i­dents— the Taber RCMP was cau­tion­ing on Sun­day there is still the po­ten­tial for water lev­els to rise again in the days ahead as tem­per­a­tures grow warmer and the snow continues to melt.

Lo­cal road crews were ex­pected to keep mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion, and the RCMP ad­vised they would close roads again if nec­es­sary. Mo­torists should be pre­pared for ad­di­tional clo­sures, they cau­tioned, and obey all sig­nage and emer­gency crews in the af­fected ar­eas.

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