Flood Preparedness and Protection, Annual River Monitoring
Living on the Highwood River means living with the rhythms of each season. To understand the yearly cycle of river monitoring, you need to understand the river. Find out more about flood preparedness, protection and annual river monitoring here
With support from the Government of Alberta, the Town of High River is a leader in flood mitigation and emergency response, with world-class protection in place making it one of the safest communities in Canada.
Flood Protection and Mitigation
The Town's Renewal team has worked alongside staff and contractors on projects that make High River one of the most flood-protected communities in North America. Read more about Flood Protection and Mitigation below, and view the 2021 Flood Mitigation System Map.
Annual River Monitoring
Local river monitoring and observations are based on science and experience. We use data provided by experts - and based on this, the Town calls the shots to determine when action is required to protect our residents.
High River staff monitor the river until the end of June. LED river monitoring signs are placed at high traffic areas in Town to keep everyone informed.
Town staff monitor data specific to the Highwood River Basin. Data includes real-time information about the snowpack and snowmelt and is compiled by monitoring stream flow and volume at key monitoring stations. Monitoring information is shared with the community weekly on the website and social media.
A family emergency and communications plan helps family members know what to do during an emergency if they are separated from each other.
The four stages of river monitoring are Normal, High Stream Flow Advisory, Flood Watch and Flood Warning. If a Flood Watch is necessary, residents will be advised to prepare and be ready. A Flood Warning means there is a potential emergency. Residents are reminded to sign up for emergency notifications.
- Living on the Highwood River
- High River Local River Monitoring Process
- Understanding Local River Monitoring Stages and LED Signs
- Highwood River Key Monitoring Stations
- Standard Definitions – River Monitoring
- What Makes Alberta Flooding Distinct
- Flood Forecasting and Warning
- Snow Does Not Equal Flood-Alberta’s Snow Melt and its Impact on Alberta Rivers
- How Do Rainstorms Cause Flooding in Alberta