High stream flow advisory west of Cochrane


No major concerns for Cochrane yet

A province-issued advisory for the Bow River upstream of Cochrane is in effect.

On Wednesday, the advisory stated that snow-melt had increased water levels in the Pipestone River near Lake Louise and the Bow River upstream of Calgary by 0.3 m in the last week.

The swelling of the river has caused flooding of low-lying areas.

“(It’s) approaching levels observed last year which resulted in the (closure) of a trail and picnic area by Parks Canada,” the statement reads.

Additionally, there has been a 0.5 m rise in the Bow River at Lake Louise and at Banff in the last week. The Town of Banff may close the walking trails west of downtown in the next few days.

Those heading out toward Canmore should be advised that the town has closed the pathway under the Bow River bridge with additional closures possible over the next few days.

“The cooler temperatures forecast over the next two days are expected to slow the mountain snow-melt. However, the 10 mm to 30 mm of precipitation forecast through Friday has the potential to cause additional water level increases along the Bow River and its tributaries.”

The river will continue to be monitored but there are no significant flooding concerns at the time.


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