The word "flood" is known to terrify even the bravest Calgarian. Sadly, Calgary's weather this weekend might leave us a little on edge. The Weather Network predicted on Thursday, May 21 that an entire month's worth of rain will soak Calgary in just 48 hours between Thursday, May 21 and Friday, May 22. As a result, the city is on flood watch.
The Weather Network said that "saturating rains in Alberta" have been predicted for the early part of the weekend.
Some parts of Alberta are set to receive between 40 and 60 millimetres of rain by Friday, May 22.
The same forecast also said that north and central Alberta may see between 30 and 40 millimetres of additional rainfall.
There will be so much rain that there is risk of flooding in many areas.
The City of Calgary announced the flood watch on Thursday.
In a press conference, Calgary Emergency Management Agency Chief Tom Sampson talked about the waterlogging that the rain could bring.
He said the Bow River will seem inflated this weekend. He did give his okay to hang out near the river on the weekend but has asked locals to "gauge the situation."
Sampson said that both the Calgary Police Service and the fire department will be monitoring the river this weekend.
He also reminded locals that the flood season takes place between May 15 and June 15 in Calgary.
The Emergency Operations Centre met up earlier to discuss the possible flooding and Sampson is confident that the city is capable of responding if it happens.
He said the city has put up gates on the Glenmore Reservoir so that it can handle about 25% more water than usual.
If you're wondering how to protect yourself, the official says to "keep the storm drains around your house clear if you can."
All in all, the city says it is prepared to take on the endless rain and the flooding that could happen as a result.
If you live in Alberta, you're probably used to all sorts of extreme weather by now.
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