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Updated: Fri, 28 Jun 2013 15:04:29 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Calgary power grid could be restored by Saturday morning



Calgary power grid could be restored by Saturday morning

Calgary’s power grid is expected to all be online, as of Saturday morning.

“I am guardedly optimistic that by this time tomorrow morning we can report that the entire Enmax system has been restored,” said the Calgary energy company's CEO, Gianna Manes.

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However, some individual homes and business will still not have power, warned Manes.

As many as 12,000 residents are still out of their homes, and Friday the director of the Calgary Emergency Management Agency warned that it could stay that way “for a long time.”

Bruce Burrell made the prediction Friday morning at a press briefing where he also noted that while floodwaters have receded greatly, the Elbow and Bow rivers are still at the levels they reached during the flood of 2005.

Calgary remains in a state of emergency for at least another week as officials continue to try to restore services to affected areas and get residents safely back into their homes.

“We’re only in preliminary stages of building assessment. There are some homes that we have already had engineers go out and look at because they’re the ones that are more precarious,” he said.

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“We are starting to put some black dots on the map. Black means the home cannot be restored or recovered.”

Hundreds of specialists, including some brought in from Vancouver and Edmonton, are conducting the assessments.

At the peak of last week's flooding, the confluence of the Elbow and Bow rivers had a flow rate of 2,750 cubic metres per second, Burrell said. Normally in June the flow of the Bow River would not even reach 300 cubic metres per second, according to Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resources Development.

Officials announced Friday that private businesses can now request help from city crews to pump out flood water.

Crews are already providing the service for homeowners.

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