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Waterton recovers from storm damage

Waterton Lakes National Park received over 200 mm of rain in less than 24 hours on June 19, twice the amount which normally triggers a Flood Watch. This caused flooding and extensive damage, and led to closing the Akamina and Red Rock parkways and all three campgrounds. 

All but the Akamina Parkway and some trails are now open. 

What’s happening: 

• Work to fully repair the Akamina Parkway will begin this weekend, after an emergency contract is awarded today. 

• To help alleviate traffic problems on the Red Rock Parkway, a shuttle service will be offered from Tamarack Outdoor Outfitters for $15 (return), starting Saturday, June 29. 

• All campgrounds are open. 

• Trails have been assessed, and current conditions can be found at “Trail Report” on www.pc.gc.ca/waterton. The trail crew is moving quickly to make repairs to damaged trails, and advise visitors to use caution on some trail secti• Parks Canada has brought on extra manpower and equipment to quickly repair and open facilities as soon as possible. 

• The Red Rock Parkway was cleared of all flood debris and damage and opened to the public on Saturday, June 22. A retaining wall to stabilize the failed slope near the Visitor Centre was installed on Sunday, June 23. Crews have been stabilizing and repairing the sewage lagoon dike since June 27. 

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

•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. 

For more information on Waterton Lakes National Park, please visit www.mywaterton.ca 

Waterton Lakes National Park