Environment Canada has issued a rainfall warning for Red Deer and central Alberta. (File photo by BLACK PRESS)

Environment Canada has issued a rainfall warning for Red Deer and central Alberta. (File photo by BLACK PRESS)

Rainfall warning issued for Red Deer and central Alberta

80 to 50 mm of rain to fall by Wednesday

Get your rubber boots ready central Alberta.

A rainfall warning was issued Monday morning. Showers were possible Monday afternoon, with heavy rain starting overnight continuing through to Tuesday afternoon, with some light rain after that.

About 50 to 80 mm of rain was expected to fall by Wednesday morning.

Terri Lang, meteorologist, Environment and Climate Change Canada, said even heavier showers, or thunderstorms, could be embedded in the system that is forecast to bring 50 km/h north winds gusting to 70 km/h on Tuesday.

“It’s going to be a windy, wet, blustery few days,” Lang said.

In central Alberta, the system will impact parts of Stettler, Lacombe, Ponoka and Red Deer counties.

“We do have quite an intense low pressure system that’s going to move and it’s going to affect the entire prairies.”

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Environment Canada warns that heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible. People should watch for possible washouts near rivers, creeks and culverts.

Water levels could rise between two and 3.5 meters in the Red Deer River Basin.

A flood warning was issued for the Red Deer River Basin upstream of Burnt Timber Creek and along the mainstem to Gleniffer Reservoir, and for Little Red Deer River.

Flood watches were issued for Bearberry Creek, Fallentimber, James and Raven Rivers. High stream flows were forecast for Medicine River and the mainstem of the Red Deer River from Dickson Dam to the Saskatchewan border.

For the latest information and recommendations visit rivers.alberta.ca.

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“Folks should be prepared for the rain, making sure your gutters are clear, your eaves-troughs are clear, so you can handle the rain when it comes and you’re not going to get water in your basement, ” Lang said.

But for the most part, the rain will be good news for the Red Deer area, which can expected about 50 mm, she said.

“It’s been dry so rain coming along is probably a good thing. Timing is good. If you need things watered, put them out to get watered. Other parts of the province are going to receive heavier amounts.”

As far this month, Red Deer has received 22.3 mm of rain and the average precipitation for the month is 94 mm.



szielinski@reddeeradvocate.com

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