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Rain! Calgary takes steps to prep for a major weather event – LiveWire Calgary

Rain! Calgary takes steps to prep for a major weather event - LiveWire Calgary
Higher steel gates have been placed along the Glenmore Dam. This mitigates the effect of smaller scale floods, allowing resources to be diverted to more vulnerable areas, ETHAN WARD/ FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY

Calgary is forecasted to get a lot of rain over the next few days, and that’s raised the flood alert in the city.

The City issued a boating advisory for the Elbow River due to higher-than-expected flow rates. Calgarians are asked to stay off river during this time.

But before we get too far, it’s important to put things in perspective. The forecast – as it stands – calls for between 75 to 100 millimetres of rain over the next few days.

That’s roughly half the 220 millimetres averaged during the 2013 flood, according to Francois Bouchart, director of Water Services with the City of Calgary.

Still, he said the forecasts have changed continuously since the middle of last week.

“We knew there was an event coming, the event was identified as being much smaller,” he said.

“Now, as we get closer to the events materializing, we’re working very closely with the province and Environment Canada and we’re now at a point where this is a significant enough event that we’ve taken specific steps to prepare for the event.”

Water levels have been dropped in the Glenmore Reservoir in preparation. It will be 3.5 metres below crest to prepare for the additional water.  Bouchart said they also have an agreement with TransAlta for the Ghost Reservoir further upstream to draw it down. He said it’s been drawn down lower than the expected amount.

Pathways in lower-lying areas are being closed. The City is also stockpiling materials to provide riverbank protection and temporary barriers. Protective balls are also being deployed so rising water can’t push back into the stormwater system.

The next 24 to 48 hours

The first layer of defense is the forecasts, said Bouchart. As they receive Environment Canada information, they’re able to extrapolate potential flow rates upstream. They work with the province to confirm that the data and the forecasts are telling the same story.

“That allows us to understand what flow rates we can anticipate, when we can anticipate the peak occurring. And that allows us to start looking at what are the triggers at different points,” Bouchart said.

Even though the risk appears to be smaller, Bouchart said they’re taking things very seriously.

“There’s always a risk. We can never eliminate the risk,” he said.

He said flood investments made over the past nine years have significantly improved the protection of lower-lying areas. At this point, Bouchart said they don’t anticipate it being put to the test.

“I want to caution people that the models are still predictions. The weather is so dynamic that we will just continue monitoring, forecasting and responding as it evolves,” he said.

The City is asking residents in lower-lying areas to take precautions.

  • Move valuables and documents out of your basement as basement seepage is possible in river communities in lower-lying areas.
  • If you have a sump pump or backflow valve, ensure it’s working.
  • Direct rainwater away from your home: Eavestroughs and extensions should drain at least 1.5 metres (5 feet) away from your and your neighbour’s home and onto a landscaped area so the water can soak into the ground.

They also want Calgarians to be cautious around the rivers. While they don’t expect the banks to be breached, the flows will be higher and it’s dangerous.

The water can also lead to pooling on streets. If a storm drain is unable to clear within 90 minutes, take a photo and send it to Calgary 311.

Monitor flow rates here:

More Calgary flood info here.

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Check out results from area prep events from Monday, March 28, 2022

Check out results from area prep events from Monday, March 28, 2022

Bloom Twp. 15, TF North 0

RECORDS — TF North 2-3.

River Forest 11, Victory Christian 1

Victory Christian;000 10 — 1 1 1 
River Forest;551 0x — 11 9 1 

WP – Martinez (3 IP, 5 SO). LP – Decker (4 IP, 5 BB, 1 SO). Leading hitters – River Forest – Witt (2-2, HR), Dotson (2-2, 3B), Roach (2B).

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Check out the slate of prep events for Saturday, March 26, 2022

Check out the slate of prep events for Saturday, March 26, 2022

TF South at Glenbard East Invitational, 9 a.m.

TF South Invitational No. 2, 9:30 a.m.

TF South at Windy City Classic at Reavis, TBA

Portage at Jennings County, 10 a.m.

Crown Point at Lockport, 11 a.m.

Southern Warrior Classic (field includes Andrean), TBA

HSR State Meet at IU Bloomington (field includes Crown Point, Hanover Central, Hobart, Lake Central, Merrillville), 10 a.m.

Prep Top Times at Normal (field includes Marian Catholic), TBA

Legends Classic at LaSalle, Cincinnati, Ohio (field includes Lake Central), 8 a.m.

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HSR State Meet at IU Bloomington (field includes Crown Point, Hanover Central, Hobart, Merrillville), 10 a.m.

Homewood-Flossmoor Invitational (field includes TF United), 9 a.m.

Marist Tournament (field includes Marian Catholic), TBA

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Exhibitors prep for Central Oregon Sportsmen’s Show; new events planned – KTVZ

Exhibitors prep for Central Oregon Sportsmen's Show; new events planned - KTVZ

Four-day show opens Thursday at Redmond Fairgrounds; tickets $12 for adults, $8 for military, $5 for children

REDMOND, Ore. (KTVZ) — The Sportsmen’s Show is back in Central Oregon, and O’Loughlin Trade Shows spokesperson Trey Carskadon is happy it’s here. 

“It’s our own Disneyland, if you will,” Carskadon said Wednesday. 

The four-day event takes place at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds and features plenty of various outdoor exhibits to shop from, as well as RVs, boats and more.

Carskadon said there are classic exhibits and some new ones.

“Most notable are the outdoor cooking demonstrations that are going on all day every day of the show,” Carskadon said.  

He said award-winning barbecuers and grillers will be showing off their skills, and YouTube stars “Addicted Fishing” and “Born and Raised Outdoors “ will stop by as well.

“And really, the stars of this year’s show are the exhibitors and the exhibits,” after two years of COVID-19 issues, Carskadon said.

He said the entire arena will be filled with exhibits. 

“Last year when we showed, it was really difficult finding exhibitors that were willing to come out and do a show,” Carskadon said.  “This year we’ve had — I mean, everybody’s very excited to be here.”

Kevin Lahart, a territory manager for Leupold and Stevens Optics, said he enjoys meeting the people of Central Oregon. 

“It’s a great market out here for our products, and just talking to customers is the most fun,” Lahart said. 

Kristy Titus, a Central Oregonian herself and a digital host for Pursue The Wild, said she looks forward to the event every year. 

“Everybody loves coming to the Sportsmen’s Show. It’s the one big event in Central Oregon where outdoors men and women can come together,” Titus said. 

Oscar Williams or “Moosie,” is the owner of Pak Jak, a company that designed a backpacking jacket with a removable back piece, to help with sweating while backpacking.

“And this is a great outdoor area,” Williams said of Central Oregon. “It’s really good just to be out and about and talking with people, seeing people, shaking hands.”

Carskadon said the Sportsmen’s Show and Central Oregon are a perfect match. 

“This show fits this area so well,” Carskadon said. “They love to fish, they love to hunt, they love their outdoors. This is where they live, and it’s a big part of their lifestyle.”

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Check out late results from area prep events from Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022

Check out late results from area prep events from Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022

21st Century 87, Calumet 58

Xyavion Gray 4, David Flores 0, Waine Wilderness 0, Scott Flores 3, Greg Price 2, Maurice Scarber 0, Eric Martin 31, Erick Allen 13, Malik Hubbard 4, Jalen Bullock 1. Totals – 21 12-18 58.

3-point field goals – Calumet 4 (S. Flores, Allen 3). Records: 21st Century 15-4, Calumet 11-9.

Chesterton 69, Boone Grove 57

Records: Chesterton 22-0, Boone Grove 14-7.

Kankakee Valley 55, Hanover Central 53

Records: Kankakee Valley 15-5, Hanover Central 9-11.

Lake Station 53, Kouts 50

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Willie Miller 16, Maurion Turks 0, Adam Eastland 2, Armoni Gonzalez 16, Romeo Guerra 7, Vince Yzaguirre 8, Elijah Jackson 4, Darryl Mosley 0. Totals 17 17-21 53.

Joe Vick 2, Matt Baker 6, Aaron Ketchmark 23, Tristin Ballas 3, Connor Croff 14, Owen Winters 0, Spencer Andrews 2, Japheth Anweiler 0. Totals 19 10-13 50.

3-point field goals: Lake Station 2 (Gonzalez 2); Kouts 2 (Croff 2). Total Fouls: Lake Station 14, Kouts 16. Fouled Out: Gonzalez (LS). Records: Lake Station 17-3, Kouts 12-9. JV Score: Kouts 77 Lake Station 36.

Merrillville 63, Hobart 47

Records: Merrillville 8-13, Hobart 6-13.

Records: Morton 10-11, Lowell 0-21.

Mobley 5, Resendez 13, Ciotiana 0, Issa 0, Ladendorf 11, Miles 2, Fealter 2, Strezo 3, Mackey 0, Chandler 0. Totals – 15 2-4 36.

David Cundiff 5, Yaw Awuah 2, Caden Atkins 0, Jermaine Coney 5, Ryan Giba 0, Nolan Kinsella 8, Andrew Cipowski 0, Sean Kimble 15, Luke Macek 2, Peter Moreno 2, Brandon trilli 15. Totals – 20 11-16 54.

3-point field goals – Griffith 4 (Mobley, Resendez 2, Strezo); Munster 3 (Cundiff, Coney, Kimble). Team fouls – Griffith 13, Munster 9. Records: Munster 17-4, Griffith 3-15.

North Newton 44, South Newton 36

Records: North Newton 9-10, South Newton 8-11.

River Forest 46, Washington Township 43

Kyron Matthews 11, Joey Ondo 10, Dennis Hurn 8, Travis Randolph 7, Jason Johnson 7, Keystone Gunter 3.

Records: River Forest 7-11, Washington Township 3-13.

Class 4A Logansport Semistate

Noblesville 62, Crown Point 41

Jessica Carrothers 10, Emily Phillips 9, Ava Ziolkowski 8, Lilly Stoddard 7, Alyvia Santiago 3, Brooke Lindesmith 3, Cristyn Fraley 1. Totals – 14 7-13 41.

K. Shoemaker 6, Shade 23, Wilson 16, Tippner 9, Smitherman 6, A. Shoemaker 0, Mendez 2. Totals – 22 11-12 62.

3-point field goals – Crown Point 6 (Santiago, Phillips 3, Ziolkowski 2); Noblesville 7 (K. Shoemaker, Shade, Wilson 4, Tippner). Team fouls – Crown Point 10, Noblesville 11. Records: Noblesville 24-4, Crown Point 24-4.

Team scores: 1. Chesterton 542, 2. Valparaiso 433, 3. LaPorte 250, 4. Wheeler 195, 5. Hobart 168, 6. Portage 156, 7. Michigan City 147, 8. Knox 91, 9. North Judson 84, 10. Merrillville 69, 11. Kankakee Valley 64.

200 medley relay – 1. Chesterton (Alejandro Kincaid, Aidan Tharp, Scottie Pejic, Gavin Nagdeman) 1:34.10, 2. Valparaiso (Landon Schemel, Jonah Lee, Cayden DeSmet, Kyle Seward) 1:40.64, 3. LaPorte (Lucas Banic, Abbas Hakim, Maxwell Unger, Allen Fuller) 1:47.69, 4. Michigan City (Christian McDaniel, Malakai Siuda, Jayson Kempf, Maxwell Muckway) 1:47.77.

200 free – 1. Gabe Eschbach (CHE) 1:40.97, 2. Tharp (CHE) 1:43.54, 3. Cormac Fallon (CHE) 1:46.52, 4. George Patterson (VAL) 1:47.19.

200 IM – 1. Colby Breault (POR) 2:02.76, 2. Amadeo Kincaid (CHE) 2:02.84, 3. Lee (VAL) 2:03.30, 4. Ethan Moody (CHE) 2:04.20.

50 free – 1. Seward (VAL) 21.76, 2. Tyler Schmidt (WHE) 22.33, 3. Nagdeman (CHE) 22.37, 4. Daniel Streeter (CHE) 22.55.

Diving – 1. Ethan Ferba (HOB) 458.65, 2. Tyson Borgelt (VAL) 387.20, 3. Lucas Lauzion (CHE) 366.10, 4. Bryce Bernard (VAL) 350.80.

100 butterfly – 1. Alej. Kincaid (CHE) 49.45, 2. S. Pejic (CHE) 50.24, 3. Breault (POR) 55.39, 4. Jonathan Pejic (CHE) 55.85.

100 free – 1. Tharp (CHE) 46.98, 2. Seward (VAL) 47.56, 3. Schmidt (WHE) 49.23, 4. Luke Wheele (CHE) 49.51.

500 free – 1. Eschbach (CHE) 4:35.52, 2. Patterson (VAL) 4:47.26, 3. Fallon (CHE) 4:51.06, 4. Nash (VAL) 4:55.67.

200 free relay – 1. Chesterton (S. Pejic, Wheele, Streeter, Eschbach) 1:27.27, 2. Wheeler (Andrew Stoner, Schmidt, Vincent Ordonez, Thomas Emery) 1:32.07, 3. Valparaiso (Harrison Wainman, Heshan Karunaratne, Theodore Pigott, Cade Kennedy) 1:32.83, 4. LaPorte (Allen Fuller, Grant Olson, Gage Lane, Daniel Villa) 1:36.41.

100 backstroke – 1. Alej. Kincaid (CHE) 49.08, 2. Nagdeman (CHE) 52.99, 3. Amadeo Kincaid (CHE) 55.37, 4. Singleton (Knox) 56.26.

100 breaststroke – 1. Colin Kostbade (LAP) 1:00.69, 2. Lee (VAL) 1:01.79, 3. DeSmet (VAL) 1:01.94, 4. Henry Kominiarek (VAL) 1:03.74.

400 free relay – 1. Chesterton (S. Pejic, Eschbach, Tharp, Alej. Kincaid) 3:07.24, 2. Valparaiso (Nash, Schemel, Patterson, Seward) 3:15.70, 3. Hobart (Owen Finch, Christian Kertz, Jeydan Fifer, Nathaniel Mamushe) 3:31.79, 4. Wheeler (Schmidt, Ordonez, Emery, Stoner) 3:32.43.

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Team scores (top 5 and locals): 1. Crown Point 178, 2. Brownsburg 105, 3. Evansville Mater Dei 93, 4. Center Grove 65, 5. Indianapolis Cathedral 58.5, 9. Chesterton 34, 18. LaPorte 22, 24. Kankakee Valley 18, 28. Hobart 14, 34. Lake Central 11, 34. River Forest 11, 48. Merrillville 6, 48. Valparaiso 6.

Championship matches (with locals):

106 – Hockaday (Brownsburg) dec. Gavin Jendreas (CP) 4-3; 113 – Ashton Jackson (LAP) dec. Haines (Brownsburg) 1-0; 126 – Logan Frazier (CP) dec. Buttler (Whiteland) 5-3; 132 – Seltzer (Cathedral) dec. Anthony Bahl (CP) 10-5; 138 – Jesse Mendez (CP) pinned Cole Solomey (KV) 3:38; 152 – Samuel Goin (CP) dec. Ruhlman (Bloomington South) 4-3; 182 – Buchanan (Center Grove) dec. Orlando Cruz (CP) 4-1.

Third-place matches (with locals):

113 – Dickey (Cathedral) dec. Johnny Cortez (LC) 7-3; 145 – Aidan Torres (CHE) dec. Koontz (Perry Meridian); 160 – Boe (Avon) dec. Cody Goodwin (CP) 3-2; 195 – Jordan (Franklin Central) dec. Gage DeMarco (CHE) 5-2; 220 – Critchfield (Mater Dei) dec. Paul Clark (CP) 4-2.

Fifth-place matches (with locals):

106 – Jeffrey Bailey (RF) dec. Luke Rioux (Avon) 8-4; 113 – Seng (Mater Dei) dec. Trevor Schammert (HOB) 3-0; 170 – Buchanan (Jimtown) dec. Connor Svantner (VAL) 5-3 ; 182 – Schroeder (Southridge) dec. Jacob Simpson (HOB) 3-2; 195 – William Clark (CP) pinned Purdy (Castle) 4:43.

Seventh-place matches (with locals):

120 – Hayden DeMarco (CHE) d. Gilbert (Sullivan), injury; 126 – David Maldonado (MER) d. Nelson (Castle), injury.