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As expected, the North Saskatchewan River levels have risen over three metres since Tuesday afternoon.
“There was significant rainfall west of Edmonton, all the way into the mountains, for the last three days,” said branch manager of Utility Services Chris Ward. “That will have filled up any reservoirs which were empty and is coming through to Edmonton.”
The river would need to rise another metre before the city will start deploying sand bags and another three metres before the lowest lying property is reached.
“We haven’t started preparing sandbags, we do not anticipate the need to start preparing sandbags, and we are not mobilizing to bring sandbags down into the lower lying communities,” Ward said.
WATCH: Fast moving water at Gold Bar Park
To remain safe, the City of Edmonton said residents living in low-lying areas can:
- Stay off the river and away from the river bank
- Move valuables out of the basement or an underground garage to a higher elevation
- Park vehicles away from street depressions and/or move them to higher ground
- Minimize water use inside your house
- Clear street catch basins of debris – ONLY if safe to do so. Otherwise, call 311
Edmonton Fire Rescue says Edmontonians have been listening to the warnings to stay away from the river. They have only had to respond to one call. That call was an overturned boat that appeared to have no one aboard. Captain Tim Famulak told 630 CHED on location that they don’t launch search and rescue boats unless there are signs of life. Fort Saskatchewan RCMP were given the heads up to keep an eye out for the boat.
- Lower Highlands granular trail
- Capilano to Goldbar lower granular trail
- Emily Murphy to Kinsmen granular trail
- Fort Edmonton granular trail.
“The trails that are most susceptible to flooding are the ones that are currently closed,” Junaita Spence, Supervisor, River Valley Parks and Facilities said. “The parks are open, they’re available for use, and the water levels aren’t expected to come to a level where we would see general park damage or flooding.”
City officials told reporters Tuesday afternoon, heavy rain that fell west of Edmonton Monday would cause the river levels to rise three to four metres. (kb/bw)