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Posted on: June 20, 2013

[ARCHIVED] Situation update in Banff

Banff, AB, 9:45 a.m. – The Town of Banff is on standby, but currently there are no flooding concerns within Town boundaries.

The Trans Canada highway is closed eastbound to Canmore and westbound. All visitors and residents are asked to remain in Banff.

The Trans-Canada Highway in Banff National Park is closed at the Norquay interchange due to a mudslide. The mudslide, located 2km west of the interchange, affects west-bound traffic only.

Heavy rain caused the slide around 1 a.m. this morning. No one was hurt by sliding debris.

Crews are currently on site and assessing the situation. Extra equipment will be brought in. Estimated time of road re-opening is early this afternoon with a low confidence rating given the weather forecast.

The Bow River walking trails are closed to pedestrian traffic. Please take care if walking near any waterways. The Banff Recreation Grounds are closed.

Roam Regional Transit between Banff and Canmore is not running. Roam public transit in Banff is running on schedule.

The Banff Elementary School is closed. The Banff High School is open, but exams are cancelled.
Banff drinking water is not impacted and remains its high quality.

The Town of Canmore has declared a local state of emergency and several Banff emergency crews are in Canmore assisting.

An update will be provided at 1 p.m. or when conditions change.

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