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Two deaths linked to watery spill in Calgary

Two people were dead after a watery sewage spill at a local park, city officials said Monday.

The incident happened around 7:45 a.m.

Sunday in the 100 block of Victoria Street.

City officials said it was not immediately clear whether the two victims were directly affected by the spill.

The city says it’s investigating the cause of the incident.

A second person was taken to hospital for evaluation.

The park has since reopened.

“It’s a tragic event,” Calgary city councillor John Filion said.

“There are no words.”

Filion also called for more enforcement of sanitary rules around the city’s water supply.

“We need to enforce our own regulations and regulations that are in place, and we need to keep the water in those areas clean,” he said.

Filion added that the city is working with the provincial and federal governments to ensure the park is safe for visitors.

He says the city wants to keep people from entering the park at any time, and that it will be installing a new sign warning people not to use the park as a “water playground.”

He said the city also has a safety officer on site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Calgary Police Service said the park was closed from 8 a.l.m.-3 p.m., Monday through Friday.

City council will consider the park’s reopening Monday.