The familiar sound of ice cracking on the Red Deer River has started the thawing process into the spring season, but for many, the sound sets people's teeth on edge for it was only a year ago when the flood waters came rushing in.
According to Darryl Drohomerski, CAO for The Town of Drumheller, we do not need to hit the panic button just yet.
"We have been watching all the rivers, the Rosebud River, there is also the Kneehill Creek and, of course, the Red Deer River and the Michichi Creek as well. We have been watching for the last ten days making sure we are prepared for anything. All of them look like they are dropping in elevation right now. It sounds like most of the spring runoff from the top in the feilds has all happened, or the majority of it."
Although there is no need to panic just yet, Drohomerski still would urge caution, as ice jams can cause a back up of water.
"What we are finding is that where you have a tight bend in the river they tend to have a constriction in flow. As the river is moving and around the ice, you are getting a short time blockage. For instance, the Gordon Taylor Bridge or the Roper Bridge, if it is really warm here but not as warm in eastern Alberta or Saskatchewan, there is nowhere for that water to go."
He relates this situation to a bathtub. If the bathtub is tipped, there is nowhere for that water to go but out the other side. Thankfully, the Town has had some practice dealing with flood waters, and are prepared for the worst if it should come.
"We are prepared for it. We have brought some folks in Wayne some sandbags. We are looking at deploying temporary flood banks and stuff, just in case. Again, we don't expect anything to happen, we just want to be prepared," concluded Drohomerski.