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Flood watch issued for Little Red Deer River

A flood watch has been issued for the Little Red Deer River in both Mountain View and Red Deer counties. Alberta Environment issued an updated alert at about 9:30 a.m. this morning (May 23).
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MVT Little Red Deer River flood 4 April 19 2020
On April 19, cars splash through the flooded Highway 587 near the Red Lodge Provincial Park campground after an ice jam caused rising waters from the Little Red Deer River to spill over its banks. Alberta Environment has issued a flood watch for the area again after recent precipitation has caused the Little Red Deer River to rise. Johnnie Bachusky/MVP Staff

A flood watch has been issued for the Little Red Deer River in both Mountain View and Red Deer counties.

Alberta Environment issued an updated alert at about 9:30 a.m. this morning (May 23).

“Rising water levels are expected to impact low lying areas adjacent to the river, such as Red Lodge Provincial Park and Westward Ho Campground,” states the alert.

Since Wednesday, May 20, a low pressure system brought widespread precipitation to Alberta.

Alberta Environment reports that general amounts of 40-65 millimetres (mm) of total precipitation were observed from the southern border up to Wainwright, Slave Lake and Grande Prairie.

Localized higher amounts ranging from 75-100 mm were recorded in areas around Drayton Valley, Whitecourt, Sundre, Calgary, and Lethbridge, according to the Alberta Environment report.

Due to this precipitation, a number of advisories are in effect across the province.

“Anyone situated close to the streams affected are advised to be cautious of the rising levels,” the alert states.





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