Drumheller is not in any immediate danger of another high water event like we saw in 2013 or, before that, in 2005.
That assurance from Mayor Terry Yemen, who has been keeping tabs on the situation.
"During the March episode when we had the ice dams, there was some comments being made, and people were saying that we'd better watch out because there's a higher than average snowpack in the high country," he related. "We did check with the people that monitor and, no, it is an average snowpack that we'll be dealing with this spring."
"In 2013 we didn't think it was going to happen either, but it ended up being that perfect storm," recalled Yemen. "There was a quick melt and, to go along with that melt, there was high temperatures, there was a quick melt in the high country and there was tons and tons of rain in the Red Deer River Basin."
While anything could yet happen this year, it's not very likely and Yemen has been talking to the people who control river levels at the Dickson Dam west of Red Deer.
"We have talked to the people at the dam (and) they do still have storage capabiility right now, but early in April, first or second week of April, we will see an increase in the flow of the river because they're letting out a bunch more water to facilitate the rest of the melt coming from the high country, which we usually get in the first part of June," he explained.
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