It's getting to be that time of year when High River residents starting thinking about the river.

Staff with the Town of High River along with the Province are actively monitoring Highwood river levels and flows.

During peak hazard season the Town has river monitoring signs placed at high traffic areas to keep residents and visitors informed.

Town staff monitor data specific to the Highwood River, including snowpack, snowmelt, stream flows and volume from key monitoring stations will be shared with the community every Friday on the Town’s website and social media.

The four stages of river monitoring that are used Province-wide are:

  • Normal
    • Volume and flow rate of the water is within normal range for Spring run-off.
  • High Stream Flow Advisory
    • Stream levels are rising or expected to rise rapidly but no major flooding is expected. Minor flooding in low lying areas is possible.
  • Flood Watch
    • Stream levels are rising and will approach or may exceed the riverbanks. Flooding of areas adjacent to these streams may occur. While no action is required, it is always important to be prepared for an emergency.
  • Flood Warning
    • Rising stream levels will result in flooding of areas adjacent to the streams affected.

The Town reminds residents that the Highwood River runs through several jurisdictions and high stream advisories may be issued by either the Province or other municipalities but they may not impact High River.  

If there is a potential risk to the Town of High River, the Town’s Emergency and Protective Services staff will issue information and alerts to residents.