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Updated: Thu, 04 Jul 2013 15:41:47 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Calgary's flood emergency officially ends



Calgary's flood emergency officially ends

The state of emergency that was declared in Calgary two weeks ago as the city suffered massive flooding officially ended on Thursday.

At exactly 10:16 a.m. local time city officials said the emergency order was lifted.

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Calgary’s municipal emergency plan remains in effect as recovery and relief efforts continue in several parts of the city.

“Our work is now transitioning from city-wide emergency disaster response to localized recovery and relief efforts,” said Bruce Burrell, director of the Calgary Emergency Management Agency.

Calgarians are being reminded to stay off the Bow and Elbow rivers, which are still not safe for recreational use.

City officials are estimating the preliminary cost of damages from last month's flooding at $256.5 million.

As the scope of recovery work narrows to address localized issues, the three remaining community support centres that were opened in the flood's aftermath are scheduled to close as follows:

- Bowness Community Association closing July 4 at noon.

- Cliff Bungalow-Mission Community Association closing July 4 at noon.

- Elbow Park Tennis Club closing July 5 at noon.

“We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all Calgarians for their outpouring of generosity these past two weeks and encourage everyone to continue helping those in need. Rebuilding our city starts with rebuilding our people," said Burrell.

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