In situations like the significant rainfall on Tuesday evening, Grande Prairie Regional Emergency Partnership can get initiated. Information Officer with GPREP Garry Roth says the emergency calls were coming it at high amounts.
“When any emergency agency is starting to reach their capacity, one of the processes that they go through is to activate the Emergency Operation Centre. This allows us to bring in extra resources from around the region and come together as a partnership”
If a flash flood situation were to happen again in Grande Prairie, Roth says the best thing you can do is avoid driving around or leaving your house.
“When an intersection is flooded, certainly try to avoid that water. Sometimes it doesn’t seem very deep, a lot of us drive trucks and think we can make it but a lot of vehicles get overwhelmed by the water and can’t make it through.”
Environment Canada reports 9.2 mm of rain fell Tuesday with a resident that lives in the northern part of the city Duane Wallace reporting around 2.5 inches of rain measured in his rain gauge.