BANFF, AB - at 4:15 p.m. Environment Canada has ended the heavy rainfall warning.
A Flood Warning is still in effect for the Bow River at the Town of Banff and the Town of Canmore. High water levels are being experienced in low lying areas. All residents and visitors cautioned to keep away from the river.
All water and wastewater systems are operating normally. Banff’s drinking water is safe and of the highest quality.
Rocky Mountain Cooperative Housing Phases 1 and 2 at 100 Birch Street have been evacuated. Displaced residents are asked to register at the reception centre at the Banff High School, 403.760.2423 before finding alternative accommodation. The reception centre will be open until 10 p.m.
Bow Ave and Birch Ave are closed to all traffic. Bow Falls Road is closed. All river trails closed. The Bow River vehicle bridge is open. Scroll down for the highway update.
The highway east of Banff remains closed, however food delivery is being permitted. Limited access is being provided ONLY to food delivery trucks with valid Town of Banff permits, emergency services vehicles and the Roam transit bus. Visitors travelling east are asked to stay in Banff.
Latest highway report from Parks Canada at 3 p.m.:
The Trans-Canada Highway (Hwy #1) is now open in both directions between Golden and Banff to private passenger vehicles and tour buses ONLY.
No commercial vehicles (semi, 18-wheelers, transport trucks) except those making deliveries to the communities of Field, Lake Louise, Banff and commercial accommodations (hotels, hostels, bed & breakfasts, restaurants, etc.) are allowed at this time.
Motorists are encouraged to consult the DriveBC website http://www.drivebc.ca/ for road conditions west and south of Golden.
A number of highways in the mountain national parks remained closed due to heavy precipitation causing flooding and mudslides. There is no estimated time of re-opening.
Trans-Canada Highway—both directions at Carrot Creek, located just inside the Banff East Gate. Engineers are assessing bridge safety.
Highway 93S—the Banff-Radium Highway—from Castle Junction to Radium.
Highway 93N (the Icefields Parkway)—from Lake Louise to Saskatchewan Crossing.
Highway 1A (Bow valley Parkway)— in its entirety from Banff to Lake Louise
There is no estimated time of road reopening at any of the aforementioned locations.
For up-to-date road conditions in the Banff area, please visit http://511.alberta.ca/ab/en.html.