2013 Floods: Tervita Clears Rail Lines in Southern Alberta

Tervita crews worked to get rail lines back in service in the Canmore and Okotoks areas after flooding in southern Alberta resulted in significant damage to transportation corridors.

Response workers were on 24-hour shifts in the affected areas, diverting water away from the tracks, clearing railway tracks, scrapping and removing any damaged cars and ensuring materials are safety managed to enable rail crews to rebuild the lines.

Tervita crews were some of the first to respond to the mountain town of Exshaw, 90 kilometres from west of Calgary.

Stephanie Raill, a regional health and safety advisor at Tervita, was part of the emergency response team and said the crew was fully mobilized and working within hours.

“We got the call and as fast as we could get the equipment on the truck, we were up there,” she said, adding that anything the crew could do to ease the environmental impact of the floods was a priority.

“We were able to get 15 pieces of equipment on the ground in five hours and working to save the bridge from being washed out.”

The town of Exshaw was one of the hardest hit in the southern Alberta flooding, receiving more than 200mm of rain during the days leading up to the flood.

Since rail transportation provides a vital link for people and goods across the country, repairing damaged lines and restoring service is a priority to help the flow of goods residents rely on throughout Canada and the U.S.

Tervita is a trusted partner to Canada's rail companies, having managed more than 500 emergency and hazmat responses to railway incidents. Tervita also provides rail-related services such as licensed transportation, scrap metal bin and processing, site remediation, as well as waste container, transportation and disposal services.

Read more about Tervita's waste management and disposal services.​​