Edmonton Fire Rescue is warning people to keep away from the North Saskatchewan River after a heavy rains upstream of Edmonton.
— Ken Block (@yegfirechief) August 23, 2016
EFRS Acting Platoon Chief Randy Shakura says river levels could rise up to three or four metres in the next 12 hours.
“We’re expecting some flooding at this point in the trail system along the river. There doesn’t appear to be a threat to any properties, but that’s being assessed constantly and we’ll react as required,” said Shakura.
River level could rise 3 meters in Edmonton! High streamflow advisory issued for North Saskatchewan River. Details: https://t.co/Iyv30raUUl
— Jesse Beyer (@jessebeyerWX) August 24, 2016
“There’s going to be likely a large amount of debris in the form of trees and whatnot floating downstream at a high rate of speed, so we’re asking to people to just stay away. don’t take your boat out, don’t go canoeing, don’t go paddle boating, definitely don’t go swimming.”
Shakura say there are plans in place if things get worse.
“As with any other emergency that we deal with, we’ve got protocols that we have and this is really no different than anything else that we do.”
EFRS advises that if someone falls into the river to call 911, keep eyes on the person that fell in, and instruct them to face downstream with their feet up and to maintain eye contact.
Shakura expects water levels to rise into early Wednesday morning. (djs)