Sunshine Village ‘OK’ After Floods Devastate Region
”We’re okay,” Sunshine Village Communications Manager and native Calgarian Tanya Otis told SnoCountry.com after severe flooding devastated the region and brushed hard against the ski resort.
“I never have seen flooding like this in Calgary. While we did sustain damage at the area, it was infrastructure and all outside. The Gondola, lifts, and buildings were not affected aside from some minimal sludge inside some base facilities,” she told us.
A portion of he Access Road was washed out due to flooding and bank erosion. Otis said the first priority is the Access Road which is currently under construction and closed to the public.
Otis said everyone at the ski area made it off the mountain safely and clean-up work already has begun at the base. “We’re still assessing the situation and working closely with Parks Canada. We're hoping to have it fully open by the end of July, and ready for summer hikers."
Otis wanted to be certain skiers and snowboarders are assured “the area will be fully operational in time for the upcoming ski season, scheduled to open in November.” Regular updates and photos can be found on their Facebook page.
Lake Louise Marketing Director Dan Markham told SnoCountry.com that "we fared quite well." There was no significant damage at all at the ski area. The most inconvenience was that the road from Banff to the ski area was closed to traffic for a few days. There were some issues with the water supply briefly, but it is now operational.
Calgary, home of the 1988 Olympics, has extended its state of emergency for another eight days, as of June 26. There are approximately 11,000 people still out of their homes down from the high of 100,000. Calgary is about a 75 mile (120 km) drive from the Banff resorts.
The WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park was designated as a backup evacuation center; however, the site has since closed and evacuees sent to other centers around town. The Calgary Stampede, which draws thousands of visitors to the city, is still scheduled for July 5-14, but some events and activities may be altered. The Saddledome arena saw floodwaters up to the 10th row of seats.
Photo: Flooding, Sunshine Village, Alberta (Facebook)