As of Monday night, the ice jam on the Little Red Deer River at Hwy 587 has subsided and localized flooding in Silver Lagoon Subdivision & Red Lodge Estates has receded. Highway 587 is now open. Red Deer County Operations staff will continue monitoring water levels on the Little Red Deer River and Medicine River. Overland flooding may still occur as river levels fluctuate. Alberta Health Services has declared Boil Water Advisory for Silver Lagoon and Red Lodge Estates until further notice.
Red Deer County continues to monitor the overland flooding in the region as temperatures rise and snow melt occurs.
Red Deer County's Deputy Director for Emergency Management Dave Brand says they still ask residents to exercise caution around low lying areas, rivers, and streams.
Brand adds they did see the river levels go down overnight as it cooled off, but they are waiting to see what happens with more snow melt as temperatures go back up today (Tuesday, April 24th)..
He says RD County had NO evacuee registrations at the Cottonwood Gordon Hall reception centre on Monday, April 23rd so that was shutdown shortly before 10pm.
Brand says their monitoring staff are dedicated to the Little Red Deer River and the Medicine River after the Alberta River Forecasting Centre issued flood watch advisories for both of them on Monday.
He says RD County residents have picked up sandbags at the Spruceview Fire Hall and there has been a fair bit of interest.
Brand encourages residents to call the Red Deer County Centre at 403-350-2150 if they come across an unmarked hazard like a road under water or damaged bridge. Call 911 if you are experiencing an emergency.
He says flood water updates will be posted on their social media platforms and the Red Deer County website.
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