River Freeze Over Progressing Normally

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(Pictured above, Pat’s Creek Culvert at the Peace River taken on Jan. 26 at 12:55 pm. Peace River’s Protective Services Department and Alberta Environment and Parks says the freeze over is progressing normally.)

River Freeze Over Progressing Normally

Immediate Release

Jan. 26, 2016

January’s seasonal freeze over of the Peace River is underway, which includes some noticeable side effects – such as higher water levels.

Along with this freeze over, water levels can rise by about two to three metres during this period, some fluctuation is also possible. River levels are closely monitored by both the Province of Alberta and the Town of Peace River, who are both in regular contact with BC Hydro regarding operation of Peace River facilities.

Based on observations from these organizations; the freeze over of the Peace River is progressing smoothly, and no issues are anticipated.

The freeze over actually took place on Saturday January 23, as the Peace River ice pack solidified through the main part of Town. By the morning of Tuesday January 25, Alberta Environment and Parks reported that it had extended out to Shaftesbury Estates.

Due to the rise in water levels, during this time the Town of Peace River asks that everyone stay off the river and clear of the shores. Water levels are high around the boat launch areas, so please avoid those places.

The boat launch next to Riverfront park is pictured at 12:55 pm on Jan. 26, 2016. Due to rise in water levels associated with the freeze over no one should go on or near the ice; including the boat launch areas.
The boat launch next to Riverfront park is pictured at 12:55 pm on Jan. 26, 2016. Due to rise in water levels associated with the freeze over the protective Services no one should go on or near the ice; including the boat launch areas.

If conditions change residents can expect to be notified via the Town’s website and social media pages, as well as through the Alberta Emergency Alert System (AEA), and local media.

For up-to-date water level information and advisories check out Alberta Environment they have the most current information, via their website and app.