If you've been watching the Red Deer River in the Drumheller Valley in recent days, you'll notice the water level is the highest it's been all spring.
 
The people at Drumheller Town Hall have been watching things closely just in case Mother Nature decides to show her teeth like she did in 2013.
 
"They're still releasing at 150 cubic metres (per second) from the (Dickson) Dam; that's a little bit of an increase from a few weeks ago," reported Mayor Terry Yemen. "We saw a little bit of influence from some melt at the Little Red Deer River, that's what we saw right now: basically, they're calling it local water."
 
"If you can make it past Fathers Day you're usually pretty good," noted the mayor. "The melt in the high country does continue, but they still have lots of capacity at the dam."
 
Even so, Yemen admits it's hard not to look back to the 2013 high water event or before that, to the 2005 flood that came uncomfortably close to inundating all of downtown Drumheller.
 
"We have that thing in place with the RCMP where they're monitoring it through the night," he assured us. "If anything is going to happen we're going to know about it and we'll still have that 34-36 hour reaction time, but nobody's talking like that."
 
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