Water levels on the Red Deer River have begun peaking, however the river remains under a high streamflow advisory.
“This afternoon we received information from the Dickson Dam and Alberta Environment that water levels have begun to peak on the Red Deer River, which is positive news and one factor we use when assessing flood risk,” said Ken McMullen, Director of Emergency Management. “Other factors we consider in addition to the level of the Red Deer River, is water levels on the Little Red Deer and Medicine rivers that feed into the Red Deer River downstream of the dam, how quickly snowmelt is occurring in the mountains, as well the precipitation our city and region are experiencing.”
Since Monday, the Red Deer River has risen approximately one and half meters. Some low-lying areas of the McKenzie Trail area saw isolated flooding, however no trails were closed or damage to park infrastructure occurred.
Residents are asked to continue to stay off the river and away from the shore while the high streamflow advisory remains in effect. All boat launches into the river remain closed, and barricades are in place.
The following amenities remain closed at this time:
All boat launches into the Red Deer River
The Lion’s Campground
The following amenities have reopened:
Great Chief Park (both ball diamonds and Setters Place),
The Outdoor Pool at the Recreation Centre
The Capstone Fountain
The Blue Grass Sod Farms Central Spray & Play
Outdoor sports fields
For more information, visit www.reddeer.ca/flood.