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The water levels in Lyon's Creek in Blairmore were some of the
highest in the Crowsnest Pass last week,
Environment Canada issued a flood watch warning for the Oldman River basin and Crowsnest River last Thursday, May 26th, after heavy rainfall and melting snowpack created higher than normal flows in area creeks and rivers.
A rainfall warning was issued for the majority of Southern Alberta on Thursday morning, with between 20 and 100 millimeters falling throughout the region over the course of the next 24 hours.
High River was declared in a State of Emergency after the Highwood River began to flood, forcing voluntary evacuation of residents of the community of Wallaceville.
Creeks and rivers in the Crowsnest Pass quickly began to swell, washing away debris such as logs and branches which had accumulated on the banks throughout the winter.
“Our biggest issue is
debris coming down the river and getting trapped at the bridges,” said Myron Thompson, Director of Operational Services for the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass, on Thursday afternoon.
Municipal staff and crews were out all day Thursday and Friday monitoring levels in various local waterways such as Lyon’s Creek, York Creek, and the Crowsnest River.
Thompson said the
Municipality was closely monitoring the situation by utilizing access to real time data which electronically
updated them with information on water levels and flows, and through regular communication with Alberta Environment and Flood Watch.

He also noted that the municipality is prepared for any flooding through the Emergency Operations Plan, which specifically outlines procedures for dealing with flood situations.
“We encourage residents adjacent to waterways to be diligent in observing flows in their area,” said Thompson, “and to take whatever precautions and actions necessary to ensure their safety and protect their property.”
In the case of flooding, residents are urged to call the after hours emergency line at 403-562-2021.
Leitch Collieries announced on Friday morning that flooding had affected both the historic areas of the site and modern areas including offices and public washrooms, and that it would be closed until further notice.
Reopening of the site will occur only after damage has been fully assessed and any neccessary repairs are made.
The unusually high water levels were also influenced by spring runoff from the highest snowpack the area has seen in approximately 40 years.
This winter saw the
highest snowpack on record for the Southern Rockies, with about 40 per cent accumulating since March.
Cool temperatures caused a delay in spring melt, leading to an abrupt runoff and
sudden rise in river levels throughout the region.
Waterways such as Castle River, Oldman River, Pincher Creek, Waterton River, and
Willow Creek were also under high streamflow warning
advisories as of Friday.
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