Alerts

Rainfall warning has ended - High stream flow advisory continues

Streamflow Advisory

June 15 - 11:00 a.m.

The Sheep River is still under a high stream flow advisory, though river flows peaked at 5 a.m. and have been gradually slowing throughout the morning. The Town has closed the Emergency Command Centre as of 11 a.m. and staff will be returning to regular operations.

The Environment Canada rainfall warning for Okotoks has now ended, and our area is still experiencing high winds, which are expected to taper off by this evening.

The Town continues to monitor the situation closely and crews continue to assess fallen trees and debris around the community. To report a fallen tree please call the Parks Team at 403.938.8958.

The community is reminded to use extra caution when walking, driving and parking near trees as high winds are still causing minor safety hazards and debris. Please continue to stay off the river and do not approach riverbanks.

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June 14 - 4:30 p.m.

The Sheep River remains under a high stream flow advisory. Weather forecasts indicate that the rain will begin to slow down temporarily between 4 and 8 p.m. this evening and then taper off by Wednesday morning.

According to Environment Canada, the most substantial rain has now passed through our area and Alberta Rivers is indicating that Sheep River flow rates could begin slowing as soon as this evening.

The Town continues to monitor the situation closely as there have been reports of minor localized flooding in low-lying areas and local pathways.

Strong wind gusts are still occurring in our area causing fallen trees and debris on roadways and around several local pathways.  Town crews will be inspecting these areas and closing pathways as needed while trees and debris are cleared, but will be prioritizing main thoroughfares and roadways.

There are currently downed trees on Ranch Road as well as behind the Art Gallery and behind the Water Treatment Plant that may result in temporary delays. To report a fallen tree please call the Public Works after hours emergency number at 403-938-2985.

The community is asked to remain vigilant when walking, driving an parking near trees as high winds are expected to continue into the evening.

Reminder: Please stay away from the low-lying pathway systems and riverbanks at this time. Slow down and use extra caution when driving as heavy downpours can cause water pooling on roads. Watch for possible washouts near rivers, creeks and culverts.

 



June 14 - 1:55 p.m.

Strong wind gusts are still occurring in our area causing fallen trees and debris in the Cimarron and Milligan areas and around several local pathways.  Town crews will be securing these areas and closing pathways as needed while trees and debris are cleared.  




June 14 - 10:35 a.m.

The Sheep River remains under a high stream flow advisory. As a precaution, the Town has activated their Emergency Command Centre to prepare for any required flood response.

Although river flows are increasing, the rate of increase is not currently significant enough to cause flooding in our area.

There has been substantial rainfall overnight and a prolonged period of heavy rain will continue today. Rainfall totals are expected to be between 75 and 125 mm by Wednesday morning. The heaviest rain will fall to the west along the Foothills and the front range of the Rocky Mountains.

The Town will continue monitoring the situation today and may take additional precautionary measures as needed. Stay tuned for updates at Okotoks.ca and the Town’s Facebook and Twitter accounts and listen to the Eagle 100.9.

Please stay away from the low-lying pathway systems and riverbanks at this time. Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible. Watch for possible washouts near rivers, creeks and culverts.

North winds gusting up to 80 km/h will also develop later this morning. The wet ground from the ongoing rain may lead to an increased risk of tree falls when these winds develop.

A reminder that any stream flow advisories will be shared through Alberta Emergency Alert, as well as the Town’s Social Media accounts. Sign up for alerts to stay informed at https://emergencyalert.alberta.ca/content/about/signup.html

Learn more about the Town’s Flood Preparedness plans, and what you can do to prepare your home and your family in the event of localized flooding here: https://www.okotoks.ca/flood-planning.  

For more resources visit rivers.alberta.ca or follow advisories and forecasts from Environment Canada at https://weather.gc.ca/warnings/index_e.html.

Additional Tips for homeowners:
Residents are reminded to take the following precautions to protect basements from flooding:

  • direct storm water away from your house
  • always keep your downspout extension in place
  • check that downspout extension drains a good distance away from homes in an area that will not erode

Catch basins:
Catch basins collect stormwater runoff from rain and melting snow. They are storm system entry points located on streets fitted with steel grates to ensure large items do not enter the storm system.  Flooding can happen when extremely heavy rainfalls occur and the runoff exceeds the capacity of the drainage system. If you notice a blocked or damaged catch basin, flooding in the street, or overland flooding please contact Transportation at 403.938.8952.


June 13 - 11:50 a.m.
A high stream flow advisory has been issued for the Sheep River by Alberta Rivers. The Town of Okotoks continues monitoring the situation closely, and while the Sheep River has recently showed a small increase in flow due to seasonal snowpack melt and rain showers, river flows are still normal for this time of year.

A high stream flow advisory occurs when stream levels are rising or expected to rise rapidly and no major flooding is expected. Minor flooding in low lying areas is possible.

With heavy rain continuing to be forecasted for the next several days, Town staff may pre-deploy sandbags and pumps at locations in Okotoks in low lying areas. 

A reminder that any stream flow advisories will be shared through Alberta Emergency Alert, as well as the Town’s Social Media accounts. Sign up for alerts to stay informed at https://emergencyalert.alberta.ca/content/about/signup.html

Town residents and businesses in the flood plain are advised to be cautious of the rising levels and to listen to the Eagle 100.9 or visit http://www.okotoks.ca for ongoing updates.  Please stay away from the low lying pathway systems and river banks at this time.