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Posted on: May 29, 2018

[ARCHIVED] High Streamflow Ended, June 4, 12 p.m.

High Streamflow Ended, June 4, 12 p.m.

High Streamflow Advisory has ended for the Bow River upstream of the Town of Cochrane.

Water levels in the Upper Bow basin have receded to normal levels for this time of year.
Continued snowmelt is not expected to cause further increases in water levels, and no significant precipitation is forecast for the area.


Flood Watch Downgraded to High Streamflow Advisory, May 31, 11 a.m.

Information provided by Alberta Environment and Parks https://rivers.alberta.ca/

The Flood Watch has been downgraded to a High Streamflow Advisory for the Bow River upstream of the Town of Banff, including the Town of Banff.
  • The observed precipitation in the Upper Bow Basin was lower than forecasted, with snow first observed at higher elevations and later along the Icefields Parkway Highway as the system progressed.
  • This precipitation did not cause significant water level rises and the Bow River water levels upstream of the Town of Banff are expected to continue to decrease.
  • Further impacts in these areas are not expected at this time.
A High Streamflow Advisory remains in effect for the Bow River upstream of the Town of Cochrane.
  • Water levels in the Upper Bow basin remain above average, but are dropping and are expected to continue to drop.
  • Continued snowmelt is not expected to cause further increases in water levels, and no significant precipitation is forecast for the area.
Conditions along the Bow River system upstream of the Town of Cochrane are being watched closely and discussions with local authorities are ongoing. Advisories will be updated as required. No significant flooding is expected at this time.

The River Forecast Centre has been in direct communication with the Town of Banff, and will continue to monitor the precipitation and water levels rises throughout this event and update advisory levels as necessary.


Flood Watch Update, May 30, 4 p.m.
Information provided by Alberta Environment and Parks https://rivers.alberta.ca/

Advisories apply to streams and their tributaries unless otherwise noted.

The observed precipitation in the Upper Bow Basin was lower than forecasted, with snow first observed at higher elevations and later along the Icefields Parkway Highway as the system progressed. As a result, this precipitation has not caused significant water level rises and is not expected to cause significant water lever rises in the Bow River upstream of the Town of Banff, however a Flood Watch remains in effect as Alberta Environment and Parks and the Town of Banff continue to monitor the river's response.

A Flood Watch remains in effect for the Bow River upstream of the Town of Banff, including the Town of Banff.
  • Significant water level rises were not observed and are not expected in the Bow River upstream of the Town of Banff.
  • Water levels are expected to continue to recede slowly from the higher than average water levels observed over the last weekend (May 26-27)
  • No widespread flooding is expected at this time.
  • This advisory may be downgraded once the responses are observed and confirmed.
A High Streamflow Advisory remains in effect for the Bow River upstream of the Town of Cochrane to the Town of Banff.
  • Water levels in the Upper Bow basin remain above average resulting from the snowmelt that has occurred over the past few weeks.
  • Further impacts in these areas is not expected at this time.
Conditions along the Bow River system upstream of the Town of Cochrane are being watched closely and discussions with local authorities are ongoing. Advisories will be updated as required. No significant flooding is expected at this time.

The River Forecast Centre has been in direct communication with the Town of Banff, and will continue to monitor the precipitation and water levels rises throughout this event and update advisory levels as necessary.


Flood Watch issued for Town of Banff, May 29, 2 p.m.
Details are regularly updated by Alberta Environment on their interactive map at https://rivers.alberta.ca/

Currently no trails are closed in the Town of Banff. Please use caution around riverbanks. 

Flood Watch
Advisories apply to streams and their tributaries unless otherwise noted.

25-35 mm of rain, with higher amounts possible due to convective activity, is forecast for the Upper Bow River Basin. Snow is expected at higher elevations. This precipitation, in combination with the higher than average water levels in these areas due to the snow melt that has occurred in the past few weeks, may cause water levels to approach bankfull conditions at the Town of Banff and upstream if the highest amount of precipitation is realized, although no widespread flooding is expected with this precipitation at this time.

Flood Watch issued for the Bow River upstream of Banff, including the Town of Banff:

Water levels on the Bow River may rise ~ 0.2 m due to this precipitation.
This water level change would approach bankfull levels for the Bow River at Banff.
Peak water levels are forecast at the Town of Banff at approximately midnight on Wednesday (May 30th).
There may be flooding of low-lying areas adjacent to the river, however no widespread flooding is expected at this time.
High Streamflow Advisory for the Bow River upstream of the Town of Cochrane to the Town of Banff

Water levels rises in these areas are expected to be lower than the upstream water level rises, and no additional impacts are expected in these areas.

The River Forecast Centre and the Town of Banff have been in direct communication, and will continue to monitor the precipitation and water levels rises throughout this event and update advisory levels as necessary.
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