The Red Deer River surprised the valley and surrounding area in April with increased water levels and overland flooding.

The Town of Drumheller has some realistic news to share with everyone in our area.

"This is to show people that we are monitoring (the water levels) constantly," said the town's Communications Officer, Julia Fielding. "We are in constant contact with the Dickson Dam and Alberta Environment.

"At this time, what we are being told through those monitoring stations is that the water levels are going to remain low in the near future."

Fielding reassures that Alberta Environment and the Dickson Dam will continue to feed our town current and relevant information about the risk of floods, if any at all this summer.  The Town of Drumheller has also been notified by Environment Canada that most of the snow melt in our province has already occurred and whatever water drainage there has been is being stored in the Glennifer Lake Reservoir, which sits at 53% full.

"They need to keep it at a certain level and are monitoring what's coming down from the mountains," continued Fielding. "They're keeping it not too low because they're concerned they're not going to get much more water for this season."

The Dickson Dam has a primary and secondary benefit. Primary benefits are to supply reliable all year round use of water to municipal, domestic, industrial and agricultural regions.

The secondary benefit is hydro electric power, flood attenuation, improved water quality, recreation and improved fishery habitats.

Although it may look like we are clear from flooding this summer, every resident is encouraged to create and have on hand a 72- hour survival kit and an emergency plan. The members of your home should know what the plan consists of to use during any emergency situation.

graph1The supplied graphs show the numbers of this years water melt compared to last year

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