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Marjorie & Doug McKay
RE/MAX Real Estate Advocates
Suite 202, 124 East Chestermere, Chestermere, Alberta
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Chestermere Weathers Storm Well.  July 13, 2015

Only 5 % of Chestermere Homes have water damage after 8 inches of rain was poured on the city in 2 hours.  In the 2013 Calgary flood there was only 5.5 inches in 2 hours. 

Because Chestermere has many ponds, streams, canals and a 750 acre reservoir that is part of an irrigation system, there were lots of places for water to go, once the storm system was overwhelmed.   Most storm systems are designed to clear 23 mm of water in 15 minutes.  After this they cannot keep up.  

Fortunately the canals, ponds, lake and irrigation system helped Chestermere clear the water before it got into more homes.  Otherwise the entire city could have been sitting in 6 inches of water.  The lake level rose to about 18 inches, but at no time was there ever a danger of the lake overflowing.   18 inches over 750 acres is a lot of water!   The Western Irrigation District opened the outflows from Chestermere to absorb the excess water runoff.    Some of the ponds were overwhelmed by water, but things would have been much worse without the ponds and streams to accept the water. 

Chestermere’s building code also requires sump pumps on 95% of the homes in Chestermere.  Unfortunately the power was out during most of the storm.  However many homes were saved by this policy once electricity was restored. 

This is not much of a consolation if your home was one of the ones hit hard, but perhaps it should be.  Most of the people we have spoken to that had damage have already contacted their insurance companies and have had their basements pumped out and floor coverings removed.   If this had happened in a typical Calgary neighbourhood, I am sure many more homes would have been affected and recovery would take much longer. 

In Chestermere volunteers were going up and down streets looking for homes that needed help.  Others were baking cookies to deliver to workers and a meal was prepared at the community centre for anyone affected by the flood. 

Chestermere is a great community with many streams and ponds to admire, but we must remember they are there to help resist flooding.  Up until this storm they have done their job very well. 


Marjorie McKay



Christmas in Chestermere

Christmas with Dignity

An annual campaign that raises money for families in need in Chestermere and area. Money raised through donations is placed in a fund that is provided to temporarily help families pay for their basic needs.
To Donate
We are accepting monetary donations at Town Hall (105 Marina Road). Cheques can be made to The Town of Chestermere. Tax receipts will be issued for donations of $20 and more.
For More Information
Contact the Community Resource Coordinator at (403) 207-7079.

Chestermere Regional Food Bank

Offers a hand up to those in need.
Items on their Christmas wish list:

  • Cranberry Jelly
  • Stove Top Stuffing
  • Canned Fruit
  • Pancake Mix
  • Jam & Jelly
  • Canned Corn
  • Cereal

If you are in need of assistance please contact Community Services at 403-207-7060
If you are interested in volunteering or making a donation please email:

The First Christmas Night

Live Outdoor Christmas Nativity Pageant
Chestermere Christian Fellowship
December 12th, 13th & 14th at 7:30 pm

A Starlit Christmas Series

Lakeridge Community Church
Sunday Mornings at 10:30am starting November 30th
Our Lady of Wisdom School

Christmas Trees For Sale

Chestermere Rec Centre
White Pine, Balsam Fir, Lodgepole Pine, Fraser Fir, Douglas Fir
Open 7 days a week

Sleigh Rides With Paul

Christmas, New Years, Special Occasions, Family & Friend Outings, Office Parties
Call Paul (403)272-9652

Whitecappers Christmas Party

Thursday December 11th 5:00
$25 for members
$30 for non members
Call Whitecappers office for more info (403)235-2117
Tickets are limited

Suicide Awareness Workshop

FCSS & safeTALK - Centre for Suicide Prevention are offering this valuable  workshop in our community

Participants can include but are not limited to: parents and caregivers; family and friends; youth aged 16 or older; natural helpers and advisors; educators and ministers; health practitioners; justice, law enforcers, emergency workers, and community volunteers. Open to all ages 16+

As a safeTALK-trained suicide alert helper, you will be better able to:

Move beyond common tendencies to miss, dismiss, or avoid suicide.
Identify people who have thoughts of suicide
Apply the TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Listen, and KeepSafe) to connect a person with thoughts of suicide to suicide first aid intervention caregivers.

Tuesday Jan 27th OR Tuesday February 24th
Council Chambers, Chestermere Town Hall
105 Marina Rd Chestermere

To register or to enquire please call Yvonne Harris at (403)207-8773 or email

 Participants can include but not limited to: parents and caregivers; family and friends; youth aged 16 or older; natural helpers and advisors; educators and ministers; health practitioners; justice, law enforcers, emergency workers, and community volunteers. Open to all ages 16+

Real Estate Absorbtion Rate in Chestermere November 12, 2015                                                                                      

ABSORBTION - HOW MANY MONTHS TO CLEAR CURRENT INVENTORY IF NO NEW LISTINGS ARE ADDED.                                                                                             

All homes on Calgary MLS  in Chestermere As Of October 12th 2014  
Price Range               Unsold    Sold    Closing     % Closed      Months of      Average
Listings Last 90 days                        Per Month     Monthly      Inventory     Days To Sell
$200,000 - $299,999            8        6        2.00         25.00%            4                       61
$300,000 - $349,999            7      13        4.33         61.90%            2                       42
$350,000 - $399,999            0        2        0.           100.00%            0                       58
$400,000 - $449,999            4        6        2.00         50.00%            2                       36
$500,000 - $599,999          22      38      12.67         57.58%            2                       66
$600,000 - $699,999          23      14        4.67         20.29%            5                       55
$700,000 - $799,999          14        3       1.00            7.14%          14                       84
$800,000 - $999,999            6        2        0.67          11.11%           9                       46
$1,000,000 - 1,199,999        8        0        0.00            0.00%         na                       na
$1,200,000 -  up                 16        1        0.33            2.08%         48                     158

There is a shortage of listings in under $600,000.  If you have been disappointed in selling your home before, or you have been waiting for the market to recover, now would be a great time to list your home. 

Article in the Anchor about RE/MAX REAL ESTATE ADVOCATES

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