The Town of Cochrane has released a statement regarding the significant rainfall in the forecast for the Kananaskis region as well as the Bow River basin located west of Cochrane. 

According to the statement, the Town has begun preparing for heavy rainfall by lowering levels in stormwater ponds to provide additional capacity. Pathways throughout town are being monitored by park staff who will be proactively closing pathways that are anticipated to experience overland flooding. 

Cochrane residents are urged to avoid riverbanks and low-lying areas where the river can potentially submerge the pathways. It's also encouraged to keep children and pets away from fast-moving water, as it can erode riverbanks quickly.

"The rainfall can lead to pooling water on local streets. When a significant amount of rainwater accumulates on a street, it is likely located near a trap low – a device that controls water drainage from Town streets. The water may accumulate up to a homeowners’ driveway and a portion of their lawn, however, it should completely drain within 24 hours once the rain stops." the Town of Cochrane statement states.

Concerns with localized flooding or trap lows can be directed to or 403.851.2590. Town staff will respond on a priority basis.

For new communities still under developers’ control, residents are asked to contact the developer directly about any local flooding concerns.

Residents are encouraged to take the following precautions: 

  • If you live in a low-lying area that’s at risk of flooding, take steps to be flood ready. Move valuables and documents out of your basement.
  • If you have a sump pump or backflow valve, ensure it’s working.
  • Check your swale for debris or blockages. 
  • Clean out downspouts and ensure they are pointed away from your foundation. 

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