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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

The City of Medicine Hat invites everyone who was involved with the 2010 flood to a free tailgate party and Medicine Hat Tigers hockey game on Saturday, September 11, 2010.

The first exhibition game of the Medicine Hat Tigers is traditionally a Charity Classic fund raising event and this year’s benefiting organization is the Medicine Hat Regional Hospice Palliative Care Society. As the City has purchased tickets to distribute to volunteers, workers, other stakeholders and those affected by the recent flood, the Hospice Palliative Care Society will benefit from the increase in ticket sales.

“The Charity Classic is a great way to accomplish several objectives simultaneously,” says Fire Chief Rob Robinson who served as Director of Emergency Management during the flood. “By working collaboratively with the Tigers organization we offer an opportunity for a fun-filled evening for everyone who was involved in one way or another during and post flood while at the same time, supporting the Hospice Palliative Care Society by increasing proceeds from ticket sales. We look forward to the community coming together following this extraordinary flood event to recognize the generosity and unselfish acts of neighbors helping neighbors, and thought the tailgate party and hockey game would accomplish this in a classy way.”

A tailgate party along with a free barbecue will run from 5 to 7 p.m. for all ticket holders. The Charity Classic Hockey game with the Tigers going up against Swift Current Broncos will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets to the 2010 Flood Thank You event are now available from volunteer organizations, the Volunteer Centre, Cypress County Office or Community Development, third floor of City Hall.

For more information, www.medicinehat.ca


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