June 21, 2013 / 4:27 PM / 4 years ago

Southern Alberta floods not threatening pipeline network

CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - Intense flooding in southern Alberta is not threatening the province’s network of oil and natural gas pipelines, the province’s minister of municipal affairs said on Friday.

City police evacuate the neighborhood of Sunnyside as the rain pours down in Calgary, Alberta June 20, 2013. REUTERS/Todd Korol

Speaking to reporters, Doug Griffiths said the province was not aware of any threat to the pipeline from the floods, which have destroyed roads and bridges and forced the evacuation of thousands of residents in Calgary and surrounding towns.

A day earlier a pipeline carrying deadly sour gas ruptured in the town of Turner Valley, 60 km (37 miles) southwest of Calgary, after being hit by trees and other debris in the floodwaters.

No injuries or deaths have been reported from the flooding.

Reporting by Scott Haggett; Editing by James Dalgleish

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