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