Around 12:00 p.m. this afternoon (April 23), Drumheller Fire was called to a site in Wayne where an RV was said to be veering into the Rosebud River.

As Drum FM approached the scene, the fire department crews were huddled together on a patch of grass discussing a plan to secure the mobile camper to the area.

Two other fire crew members were putting on wet-water suits to engage in tying down the RV quickly, as to not have it float away.

rvembedFire crews securing RV to nearby treeFire Chief Bruce Wade said the reason they were tying it down was to make sure the camper doesn't float off into the Rosebud. He explained it could have jammed up other bridges and caused an even bigger problem if not dealt with promptly.  He said that a tool shed, if washed away, would fall apart or disintegrate but a camper can cause a real issue with it's length, height and the amount of weight behind it.

The two fire crew members in wet suits worked quickly to secure the RV to a tree next to it.

Wade confirmed that the Rosebud River is up five inches since yesterday and the Red Deer is up a meter, the same level as Saturday when the ice began to break.

Local authorities are in direct contact with River Forecasting and will update Drum FM when more information is available.

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