Water levels appear to be receding, but officials still want people to stay away from the North Saskatchewan River.
As of 8:00am Sunday morning, the Alberta Environment and Parks website said the water level of the North Saskatchewan River was 4.9 metres. Last week the water levels peaked at 6.7 metres.
On Saturday, the City of Edmonton tweeted that the river levels were dropping, but warned people of a high flow rate and dangerous conditions.
River slowly dropping, but still has high flow advisory, dangerous conditions: https://t.co/hsXEzyWw14 . Stay off river until further notice
— City of Edmonton (@CityofEdmonton) August 27, 2016
In an email to Global News on Saturday, Edmonton Fire Rescue Services spokesperson Shani Gwin said: “The message to residents and businesses at this time is that we ask Edmontians to stay off the river and its banks until further notice.
“The water drops a lot slower than it rises and the increased flow rates and large debris still pose risks to river users,” Gwin said. “The banks could be eroded and unstable.”
An update on river conditions from the city is expected early this week. (djs/global)