City issues fast-flow warning for Red Deer River

The City of Red Deer has issued a warning around the Red Deer River, which is expected to flow faster than usual from now through the weekend.

The City of Red Deer has issued a warning around the Red Deer River, which is expected to flow faster than usual from now through the weekend.

The Dickson Dam will release more water to make room for the extra precipitation, due to potential severe rainfalls in Southern Alberta and in the Rocky Mountains.

Flooding has already been reported in the Canmore area.

According to a City of Red Deer press release, water levels may rise. However, no flooding is expected at this time.

Red Deer emergency management co-ordinator Karen Mann said residents are reminded to use extra caution in and around the river.

“With heavy rainfall expected in Southern Alberta, this will have an impact on the speed of the river in Red Deer,” said Mann. “With fast-moving water, people need to exercise caution near river banks and when considering activities like boating and rafting.”

The increased water flows could also result in additional debris, which is hazardous to anyone in a watercraft. Boaters are reminded to wear approved personal flotation devices at all times.

If you witness anyone in distress or experiencing difficulties on the water, call 911 immediately.