January 20th, 2021

Heavy rain results in high stream flow for Oldman River – recreational use extremely dangerous

By Lethbridge Herald on July 3, 2020.

Heavy rain has resulted in high stream flow for Oldman River and the City is reminding residents that currently recreational use extremely dangerous. Herald photo by Ian Martens @IMartensHerald

City of Lethbridge release:

After significant rain fall earlier this week, the Oldman River has seen a significant increase in stream flow. Lethbridge would typically see a stream flow of 200-250 cubic meters/second this time of year and over the last several days, that has risen to as high as 730 cubic meters/second. The river is also approximately 1.5 meters deeper than we would normally see in early July.

There is no current flood risk but this change in the river makes recreational use extremely dangerous. Residents are asked to avoid floating the river and to take extra precautions on the river banks during this time. 

Members of the Lethbridge Fire and Emergency Services team will be monitoring the river on an ongoing basis.

Residents are also reminded of the importance of personal preparedness. Heavy rains can quickly lead to flooding impacting homes and access to services. Now is a great time to check and ensure 72-hour kits and household action plans are up to date. For more information and tips to keep your family safe visit:http://www.lethbridge.ca/emergency-preparedness.

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