Medicine Hat Media

Flood Warning Update

Water Levels in the South Saskatchewan River

Alberta Environment has upgraded from High Streamflow Advisory to Flood Watch for the South Saskatchewan River including the City of Medicine Hat. As peak flows from the Bow and Oldman Rivers make their way downstream, South Saskatchewan River water levels will rise. The City continues to closely monitor the situation and mitigation plans have been developed for low lying areas along the river that may be impacted.

Minor flooding in parkland areas is expected. Residents are advised to use extreme caution when visiting areas along the river. The rising river water levels and potential for bank erosion or sloughing is a concern, however no homes or businesses are expected to be at risk.

Municipal Works is conducting regular inspections along Harris Street and the areas surrounding the arena. River Road has been closed as a precautionary measure. Parks & Outdoor Recreation continues to monitor trails and parkland along the river. The following trails have been closed until further notice.

  • Kiwanis River Park and the trail through the park
  • Strathcona Island Park Boat Launch
  • NW Riverside trail from the Trans Canada Highway to 5 Avenue NW
  • Echo Dale Regional Park Boat Launch
  • Echo Dale Regional Park Shale trail from the boat launch to the east end of the park
  • Parkview Close trail between Maple Avenue bridge and Police Point Park west entrance
  • Strathcona Park trail along the river from Lions Park to Strathcona picnic area
  • Lower trails in Police Point Park

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