Press Release - Flood Watch in effect for McLeod and Athabasca Rivers near Whitecourt
Flood Watches are in effect for the McLeod River from Rosevear to Whitecourt, and the Athabasca River at Whitecourt. Water levels have not yet peaked, and peak flows are anticipated to be reached on July 3, 2020.
It is anticipated that high water levels will impact the Sagitawah RV Park and Westview Mobile Home Park in Whitecourt. RCMP advised residents in both areas on July 1, 2020 that a flood watch was in effect and that possible evacuation of these parks may be needed. Both rivers are being monitored closely by staff from the Alberta Environment River Forecast Branch and the Town of Whitecourt, and further direction to impacted property owners, residents and park users will be provided if necessary.
People are reminded to exercise extreme caution around the rivers. The Town of Whitecourt encourages people to report river or flood level concerns to the Town of Whitecourt at 780-778-2273 so that the municipality can evaluate the risk involved.
The Town of Whitecourt will continue to monitor water levels and river forecasts provided by the Government of Alberta, and will inform the community as updates become available. Updates will be provided at www.whitecourt.ca and on Whitecourt’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TownofWhitecourt.
For Alberta River Basins advisories and warnings visit https://rivers.alberta.ca/.