Flood warnings, watches and advisories issued in southern Alberta

High flow advisories are in effect in Lethbridge, as well as areas east and west of the city. To the west, advisories have been issued for areas around Crowsnest Pass, Pincher Creek, Brocket, Fort Macleod, Standoff, Granum and Claresholm. East of Lethbridge, areas near Taber, Vauxhall and Grassy Lake also have high flow advisories in effect.

Lisa Jackson, executive director, Environmental Emergency Management Branch, Alberta Environment and Parks, said a major rain event is coming, which is starting to move up the eastern slopes.

“As it rises along the eastern slopes and as we move up the mountains, we tend to see the rain intensifying,” Jackson said, “and we’re looking at up to 150 millimeters over the course of the season. for the next three days, so it extends until Wednesday.

Jackson says high snow levels are making conditions even worse.

“The complicating factor is that we have above average snowpack at many high elevations,” she said. “So once the rain starts falling in those areas, it intensifies and actually gives us an even bigger problem, because the snowmelt increases the flow of water.”

There are currently 10 high flow advisories, 10 flood watches and five or six other warnings in the province, according to Jackson. She also warned that the information is constantly being updated.

The latest details on flood watches and high flow advisories are available at rivers.alberta.ca. The provincial government is also encouraging Albertans to download the Alberta Rivers app and the Alberta Emergency Alert app to stay informed of flood conditions.

Alberta Environment and Parks Minister Jason Nixon is also asking Albertans to follow directions as needed and stay up to date with the latest forecasts.

“For your safety, please follow the latest details on river conditions and forecasts in your area,” Nixon said. “Please follow the instructions. If it is necessary to evacuate certain areas – this is not the case at the moment – but if there is a need, cooperate with your local authorities who are working to ensure that everyone is safe.

View river advisories and flood watches in effect across Alberta.

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