Breaking up is hard to do. But, for Drumheller residents, the river break-up can't come soon enough.

After a long, cold winter which brought a lot of snowfall to the Valley, residents are watching the river closely. On one hand, the river break-up means spring is on its way. On the other hand, too much warm weather could lead to flooding.

Greg Peters, the Town's Director of Protective Services, is keeping a close eye on the river and on the weather.

"We all want warmer weather but too much too soon and we just ask for trouble -- especially with the lower-lying areas and flooding."

In 2017, ice jams after the river broke caused flooding in Rosedale and Wayne. Midland, Newcastle and Riverside were also under watch in the days after the ice broke.

"Last year, that was March 17th and 18th,when we had trouble last year -- the night of the 17th, morning of the 18th," said Peters. " Then, [the river] broke the morning of the 18th and released itself."

"I keep track of all the statistics and the forecast for snow in the mountains," Peters continued. "No one can really tell, I don't believe. You just hope that it eases into the kind of melt that rivers and tributaries and land can sustain and make [the snow] all fade away."

The long-range forecast for Drumheller shows negative temperatures continuing all this week.

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