High-water advisories issued for rivers

High streamflow advisories have been issued for the Little Red Deer River and North Saskatchewan River upstream from Rocky Mountain House.

High streamflow advisories have been issued for the Little Red Deer River and North Saskatchewan River upstream from Rocky Mountain House.

Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development issued the advisories among others on Monday as part of its routine updates.

A high streamflow advisory means levels are rising or expected to rise rapidly but no major flooding is expected. Minor flooding in low-lying areas is possible.

In the West County, Clearwater River and Brazeau River and its tributaries are also seeing high streamflows.

Water levels have been on the rise since a low-pressure system from Montana moved north and dumped 50 mm of precipitation on the southern plains and eastern slopes since Sunday morning.

Alberta Environment spokeswoman Shannon Nicolson said on Wednesday nothing has changed since the last advisory.

“It’s not rising, but kind of starting to drop but not enough to remove that advisory.”

Forecasters are not predicting any significant rainfall in coming days, she said.

The recent wet weather has been taking its toll on gravel roads and creating headaches for operations staff in Mountain View County.

The municipality assured residents on Tuesday that all available crews were out catching up on maintenance work for the 2,800-km road network.

In Sundre, director of operational planning Ron Baker said the high streamflow for the Little Red Deer River doesn’t affect the town.

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