Friday, June 8, 2012
Albertans urged to be vigilant around rivers and streams
Albertans are being urged to use caution around rivers and streams affected by recent and potential localized rainfall. Although widespread flooding is not expected, additional rain could cause flooding in low-lying areas.
Current weather forecasts call for 40-60 mm of rain in the eastern slopes and across central and southern Alberta over the weekend, with the possibility of additional rain in some areas.
Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development’s River Forecast Centre will remain in 24-hour operations through the weekend to monitor the situation and will issue advisories, watches and warnings as conditions change.
The Government of Alberta works closely with municipalities to ensure relevant information about potential flooding is delivered in a timely manner. Residents in affected areas should monitor local media for up-to-date information or sign up for Alberta Emergency Alert.
Municipalities manage local disaster events and are the first point of contact for residents concerned about evacuations or emergency response. Through the Alberta Emergency Management Agency, government stands ready to help with the response should municipalities request assistance.
Albertans are encouraged to be prepared for any potential emergency. To find out how you can prepare your family, visit aema.alberta.ca.
For up-to-date information about flood potential across the province, visit environment.alberta.ca