Calgary issues warning for high flow rates on the Elbow River

May 22 2020, 2:24 pm

The City of Calgary is warning residents that recent rainfall has significantly increased the flood rate of the Elbow River.

A release from the city urges Calgarians to use extra caution in and around the river while the high stream flow advisory is in place.

“Where there’s water, there’s risk,” said Calgary Fire Department Public Information Officer Carol Henke in the release.

“These elevated flow rates dramatically increase the risk to those who are in and around the Elbow River and so we are issuing this advisory.”

Those with homes close to the river should remove any lawn furniture or other items that could potentially be swept away if the river level rises.

Caution should be used around river banks as they may be removed or destabilized by the fast-moving water, the release states.

Children and pets should be kept away from the river.

The high stream flow advisory has also closed some river pathways along the Elbow, which can be seen on this map at the City of Calgary’s website.