_News Talk 770
Flood watches are now in effect for a pair of rivers south of Calgary. Alberta Environment says water levels are remaining steady on both the Highwood River in High River and the Sheep River in Okotoks. But with more rain in the forecast, flooding is likely in some low-lying areas. Nancy Weigel with the Town of Okotoks says minor flooding is a very real possibility, so the use of sandbags is being recommended.
In High River, the town has activated its Emergency Operations Centre again. Spokesperson Joan Pletz says it's a precautionary measure to get ready in case the situation worsens over the coming days. She says several thousand sandbags have been filled and sent to areas in need of them while flood tubes were set up on Sunday and remain in place in case the Highwood River rises.
High streamflow advisories remain in effect for the Bow River in and around Calgary, the Elbow River through Calgary, the Oldman River in and around Lethbridge, the South Saskatchewan River including Medicine Hat, and tributaries leading out of the Cypress Hills. Officials in Medicine Hat are keeping a close eye on things. Fire Chief and Director of Emergency Management Ron Robinson says they don't expect the South Saskatchewan to hit its peak until Thursday, and they don't expect any kind of flooding that they saw in 2010 or 2011.