Red Deer River flows re­turn to nor­mal af­ter alert

The Drumheller Mail - - REAL ESTATE - Kyle Smylie The Drumheller Mail

Dick­son Dam op­er­a­tors have re­tracted an ad­vi­sory of high reser­voir lev­els is­sued July 15 af­ter rain­fall lev­els over the week­end were less than an­tic­i­pated late last week.

Dam op­er­a­tors on Fri­day ad­vised Drumheller’s pro­tec­tive ser­vices a fore­cast of 100 mm of rain, or 4 inches, fall­ing up­stream of the Dick­son Dam over the week­end. Ex­pected in­flows into the dam were ex­pected to in­crease to just un­der 700 cu­bic me­tres a sec­ond by Sun­day, with plans to re­lease 100 cm/s on Satur­day and peak at about 350 cm/s Sun­day.

By Satur­day, the rain­fall in­flow to the dam was not as high as was ex­pected and dam op­er­ates scaled back their es­ti­ma­tions.

“Town res­i­dents may have no­ticed in the past days that the river ap­pears to be a higher level than in re­cent weeks, but the lat­est in­for­ma­tion re­ceived Satur­day af­ter­noon in­di­cates that it will in no way reach a level that threat­ens the com­mu­nity and dam flow will not be an is­sue down­stream,” said pro­tec­tive ser­vice’s Greg Peters.

“The town is in con­stant con­tact with staff at the dam and will is­sue any up­dates im­me­di­ately if the sit­u­a­tion changes.”

Dickon Dam is a province­owned flow reg­u­la­tion dam on the Red Deer River lo­cated 20 km west of In­n­is­fail and 50 km south­west of Red Deer. It’s reser­voir is known as Glen­nifer Lake.

Town res­i­dents may have no­ticed in the past days that the river ap­pears to be a higher level than in re­cent weeks, but... it will in no way reach a level that threat­ens the com­mu­nity.” Greg Peters

mailphoto by Kyle Smylie

Red Deer River lev­els are now at a safe flow af­ter Dick­son Dam op­er­a­tors re­tracted pro­jec­tions made late last week of in­creased lev­els.

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