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CEA members respond to Alberta floods

An economic performance case study from the 2014 Sustainable Electricity Annual Report, Engaged for a Sustainable Future.


In June 2013, catastrophic floods swept through southern Alberta. CEA members were on the front lines, working hard to restore service and supply aid to their communities.


As rising waters flooded several of its facilities, ENMAX Corporation was quick to reconfigure its distribution system so affected neighbourhoods could receive power from alternate substations facilities. When downtown Calgary went dark, crews from EPCOR Utilities Inc. and ENMAX worked together, drawing on the experience of their joint energy response exercises to ensure the right people and equipment were on hand to get the lights back on.


AltaLink also joined the effort, activating its Emergency Response Plan to ensure its transmission system continued to deliver a reliable supply of power. Employees volunteered their time to help clean up the affected communities, and donated nearly $160,000 to organizations such as the Red Cross, the Calgary Food Bank and the Calgary Foundation’s Flood Rebuilding Fund.


ENMAX employees volunteering in High River, Alberta to assist with flood relief. Photo courtesy of ENMAX Corporation. 

In High River, more than 200 power line technicians from across FortisAlberta Inc.’s service area disconnected and secured nearly 6,700 residential meters to ensure electrical equipment was safely isolated until residents could return to their homes. In addition, more than 100 employees volunteered their time and energy to assist co-workers and customers affected by the floods.


A crew of ATCO Electric volunteer fire fighters travelled to High River to support the community’s fire department. For more than a week, the ATCO Electric volunteer fire fighters responded to emergency calls and assisted with community clean-up efforts. Employees also donated money and goods to support flood victims.


Left: An AltaLink transmission line in Canmore, Alberta during the 2013 flood. Photo courtesy of AltaLink.
Right: The ENMAX and EPCOR Alberta Flood Relief Team. Photo courtesy of ENMAX Corporation.

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