Advisories and Updates
Rainfall can cause water levels in rivers and streams to rise rapidly. Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD) monitors river levels and conditions that can impact those levels.
When conditions indicate cause for concern, ESRD will issue advisories, watches and warnings.
Advisories & Warnings - forecasts and advisories for high streamflows, flooding and ice jams currently in effect
ESRD works closely with municipalities to ensure they have as much information as possible about changing water levels that could impact Alberta’s communities.
Alberta municipalities are the first point of contact if you have questions or comments about emergency response plans.
For travel advisories and road closures due to flooding, visit the AMA road reports webpage.
- Advisories & warnings - flood watches, advisories and warnings currently in effect in Alberta
- Forecaster's comments - analysis of current flooding and potential flooding, precipitation, and thawing events. Updated weekly by ESRD's flood forecasting team
- River Basins - maps and data for Alberta's river flows and levels, lake and reservoir levels, and precipitation and water quality data
- Alberta Emergency Alert - provides critical information on immediate disasters, where it is occurring and what action needs to be taken. Follow on Facebook and Twitter
- Emergency preparedness tips - what to do in severe weather or flooding events
- Flood hazard mapping - interactive map of Alberta with details about flood potential in specific regions
- Travel advisories and road closures - Alberta Motor Association
- Water supply outlook for Alberta - summary of current snowpack, precipitation, river flows, reservoir storage and soil moisture
- Health advisories - Alberta Health Services information
Other related information:
- River ice observation reports
- Fact sheet: Southern Alberta Flood Management
- Fact sheet: Southeastern Alberta flood potential
- Fact sheet: post-flood debris removal
Updated: Apr 11, 2014
In the News
Government of Alberta river engineers provide an overview of the conditions that result in flooding and how government monitors the risk of flooding in provincial rivers and streams.
- River ice forecasters prepare for spring thaw (April 10, 2013)
- Albertans urged to be vigilant around rivers and streams (June 8, 2012)
- Rain continues in northwest Alberta (July 9, 2011)
- Heavy rain expected for northwest Alberta (July 7, 2011)
- Disaster recovery assistance available for southwest flooding (June 22, 2011)
- Province providing up to $25 million for Southern Alberta flooding (May 27, 2011)