Edmonton issues warning about water levels on North Saskatchewan River

Edmontonians should be cautious around the North Saskatchewan River for the next few days, as water levels are expected to rise over the next 24 hours, the city warned.

A high streamflow advisory is in place for the mainstem of the North Saskatchewan River from the Bighorn Dam to the Saskatchewan border.

Read more: No major flooding happening at this time: Alberta government

Water levels are expected to continue to rise over the next 24 hours and peak on Friday morning.

The high water levels may cause some flooding in areas running along the river, the City of Edmonton said in a news release Thursday morning.

As of Thursday morning, the following low-lying trails were closed:

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  • Emily Murphy Park to Kinsmen Park lower trail
  • Highlands lower trail
  • River loop trail alongside Fort Edmonton Park
  • Gold Bar Park lower trail
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More rain coming to Edmonton region will raise North Saskatchewan River

The city said other low-lying trails may close on short notice depending on the water levels. People can check the status of river valley trails on Edmonton’s trail closures map.

The city is asking people to:

  • stay out of the water
  • stay away from low-lying areas along the North Saskatchewan River until the water recedes
  • refrain from allowing pets near the river during this time
  • keep watercraft off the river due to fast-moving water, strong currents and debris in the water

Read more: Rainfall warnings ended for all of Alberta

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The warning comes after days of heavy rain over much of Alberta.

While areas to the south experienced more rain than in the capital region, the Edmonton International Airport recorded 65.6 millimetres of rain between noon Monday and noon Wednesday, according to Environment and Climate Change Weather Alberta.

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