High River Water Advisory

River Advisory

High River Water Advisory

Originally posted by Alberta Environment and Parks.
Updated June 12, 2017

Over the weekend high levels of precipitation in northern and central Alberta caused the tributaries of the Smoky River and the river itself to rise rapidly. During that time emergency services were dispatched to two calls in the Grande Prairie area and one near Peace River at the confluence of the Smoky and Peace River. Due to the rise in water levels, the current in both rivers is much quicker than normal and there is debris that can pose a hazard to boaters, therefore, we ask that people avoid the river and avoid boating on it at this time.

Smoky River

  • Shower activity is expected to bring 10-20 mm of precipitation to portions of northern and central Alberta on both Sunday (June 11th) and Monday (June12th).
    • This remaining precipitation is not expected to cause further significant water level rises in most water courses, although smaller creeks may see a second peak that is expected to be less than the peaks that have occurred.
  • The highest precipitation amounts from organized rainfall was 50-70 mm in the northern eastern slopes and foothills, and 140 mm was recorded at Nose Creek in the Grande Cache area.
    • Scattered showers of 10 mm to 20 mm are expected on both Sunday and Monday (June 11th and 12th) in portions of northern and central Alberta.

Peace River

  • The Shaftesbury Ferry is closed (June 12) due to water levels and debris. For updated info on the status of the Shaftesbury Ferry please check Alberta 511.
  • A High Streamflow Advisory has been issued for the Peace River, from Dunvegan Bridge to Fort Vermilion.
  • Water levels at the Town of Peace River have peaked and are expected to slowly lower over the next few days
  • There are no flooding concerns at this time.

For more information on river monitoring, as well as information on water levels and current advisories visit the Government of Alberta’s River’s Page.