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Tuesday, May 1, 2018 / Categories: Press Releases

Press Release - Update on ice jam along the Athabasca River

Overland flooding continues to impact areas near the Athabasca River east of Whitecourt.  The localized flooding has not impacted properties within Whitecourt.

Review of the Alberta River Basins’ flow range report as of early Tuesday, May 1 indicates that the Athabasca River near Windfall has gradually fallen over the last several days, and information collected at Riverboat Park and Spur #9 along the Athabasca River have also shown a drop in water levels.  Town officials will continue to monitor the situation; however, no increase in water levels is expected based on the information currently available.

A creek that runs through Rotary Park that had previously overflowed has now receded.  Pritchard Trail and Riverside Trail near Rotary Park have reopened for public use.  The Off Leash Dog Park parking lot, located along Flats Road, has also been reopened for public use.

As a result of localized flooding east of Whitecourt, areas of Flats Road are impassable and have been closed.    For updates regarding this closures please visit Woodlands County’s website at

Residents are still urged to use caution around the Athabasca and McLeod Rivers, associated tributaries, and any standing water ponds. 

The Town of Whitecourt will continue to monitor the situation, and will inform the community as updates become available