Friday, June 28, 2013

Waterton recovers from storm damage

Clearing debris on the Akamina Parkway
Parks Canada photos
Parks Canada press release

Most facilities at Waterton Lakes National Park that were damaged by the July 19, 2013 storm have been repaired and re-opened, in time for the Canada Day long weekend. This includes all campgrounds, and most trails and roads. Work to repair the Akamina Parkway, which sustained the heaviest damage, will start the week of July 1.

The Akamina Parkway is still temporarily closed because of dangerous road conditions. This closure includes all trails from the parkway, and applies to hikers, cyclists, equestrians, and vehicles. 

Clearing debris on the Red Rock Parkway
Waterton Lakes’ trails have been assessed, and current conditions can be found at “Trail Report” at: The trail crew is moving quickly to make repairs to damaged trails, and advise visitors to use caution on some trail sections.

To help alleviate traffic problems on the Red Rock Parkway, a shuttle service will start June 29 from Tamarack Outdoor Outfitters, for a fee.

Parks Canada brought on extra manpower and equipment to quickly repair and open facilities. Already, the Red Rock Parkway was cleared of all flood debris and damage and opened, a retaining wall was installed to stabilize the failed slope near the Visitor Centre, and the sewage lagoon dike was stabilized and repaired. Within days of June 19’s heavy rains, which caused all three campgrounds to be closed and evacuated, they were open again.

On June 19, 2013, Waterton Lakes National Park received over 200 mm of rain in less than 24 hours, twice the amount which normally triggers a Flood Watch.

The safety of Park visitors, residents and staff remain the primary concern of Parks Canada. We appreciate everyone’s patience as we work to get all facilities repaired and reopened.

Damage to Akamina Parkway
Now open: Red Rock Parkway
It got deep!  One Waterton Lakes National Park scene during flooding
Parks Canada photos

Debris flow from Ruby Creek, Akamina Parkway

1 comment:

  1. It is great to see that no one was hurt in the recent storm damage in Waterton. Nice photos


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