A Flood Warning is currently in effect for the Pembina River, downstream from Entwhistle to the confluence with the Athabasca River. Water levels are expected to rise 2.7m from current conditions, with the peak occurring Monday, June 26. Areas of Lac Ste. Anne County may experience overland flooding due to the Pembina River rising water levels.
PLEASE EXERCISE CAUTION WHEN TRAVELLING IN AFFECTED AREAS OF THE COUNTY. MOST IMPORTANTLY: MOTORISTS MUST NOT DRIVE ACROSS WATER-COVERED ROADWAYS AS THERE IS EXTREME DANGER IN THIS ACTIVITY.
With enough water, a vehicle will begin to float above the roadway and out of the control of the operator; thereby placing the occupants in extreme danger. Please do not place yourself in unnecessary danger by attempting an unsafe crossing of a flooded roadway. Instead, take a detour route around the affected area.
Important Notes about Overland Flooding
- Our foremost concern is public safety. Residents along known flood plains must take precautions where flooding is occurring. Stay away from river and stream banks. Stay away from all fast-moving water. Fast-moving water is dangerous, and people, pets, livestock and wildlife can be swept away without warning. Use extreme caution, at all times.
- Area roadways are likely to be impacted, and locations may change as water is mitigated, necessary repairs are made, and new developments occur.
- Agricultural producers are encouraged to actively move livestock and equipment as soon as possible in the areas where annual flooding is known to occur and from low lying areas where there is potential for flooding.
- All residents should actively monitor road conditions, water levels and low-lying areas, both on their properties and throughout the County for the safety of themselves, other residents, livestock and property.
- Barricades, signage and detours may be in place on affected roads. These are put in place for public safety, and we ask that they not be removed or altered in any way.
- We strongly urge motorists to drive to the road and weather conditions while they navigate in impacted areas as we work through this event.
- Any substantive updates on this matter will be communicated to residents via the County website and social media channels.
Advisories, Forecaster’s comments, river flows and levels can be found on the Environment and Protected Areas River Basins webpage at https://rivers.alberta.ca or the AB Rivers mobile app.