The river levels in and around the valley are low and here's why.

At the beginning of spring, during the flooding season, the Red Deer River was pumping out over 800 cubic meters a second. Now, according to River Forecast Engineer, Khaled Akhtar, the Red Deer is flowing at 25 cubic meters a second.

"This is lower then our 25th percentile for this time of the year," explained Akhtar. "The 25th percentile is around 46 cubic meters per second but now we are at that 25 cubic meters per second."

Ahktar directly attributes the low river levels to the very warm summer weeks we've experienced in early August coupled with the water releasing from the Glennifer Reservoir.

"The Glennifer Reservoir is now releasing around 18.5 meters cubed per second," he explained. "They're actually not holding that much water at the moment."

Ahktar said that even with the few rainy days ahead, Drumheller would need to see a daily rain volume of 25 millimeters of rain for weeks on end to consistently compensate for the low river levels.

"The Dixon Dam has a purpose to fulfill. They are almost at the top of their capacity so within the next couple of days you can probably see a bit more or less flow. It depends, they will be releasing the inter-flow that is coming from the upstream."

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