Calgary, AB,

The City of Calgary issues high stream flow advisory for the Elbow River

May 22, 2020

The City of Calgary is issuing a high stream flow advisory for the Elbow River effective immediately. Water flow rates have increased significantly on the Elbow River as a result of recent precipitation. The City of Calgary is advising Calgarians to use extra caution in and around the river during this time.

Carol Henke, Public Information Officer with the Calgary Fire Department states, “Where there’s water, there’s risk. These elevated flow rates dramatically increase the risk to those who are in and around the Elbow River and so we are issuing this advisory”.

Calgarians are urged to:

  • Exercise caution around river banks as the fast-moving water can cause erosion and destabilization of river banks.
  • Warn their children about the dangers of fast-moving water, particularly those residents who live near the rivers.
  • Keep pets away from fast moving water.
  • Remove lawn furniture and other portable items off the river bank.

The City encourages all water users to familiarize themselves with safety practice bylaws and safety alerts on and monitor flow levels at

Pathway closures

Cyclists and pedestrians should watch for low-lying areas where the rivers can cover the river pathways.

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