Alberta Revamps Water Level Monitoring Technique

As a step to improve their forecasting system to avoid flood disasters like the one that hit southern Alberta last summer, Alberta’s Forecasting Centre has announced to have revamped the way it monitors water levels. According to a statement issued by The Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, it explained to have taken steps to enhance its flood forecasting system to improve communication with municipalities and improve its flood forecasting model.

The agency explained to have installed a new automatic rainfall intensity alarm system in the Eastern Slopes area, which is expected to help alert staff and municipal emergency managers about a rapid increase in water levels. The Minister of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, Robin Campbell, stated that “flood forecasting is a science. We are working to put the best systems and tools in place to ensure Albertans are getting the right information about conditions at the right time.”

The province showed off its river flood forecasting operation on Tuesday, but it still pointed out that it’s pretty difficult to figure out what’s in store ahead. It was explained that the biggest concern this year is of overland flooding. It was added that there has been a record amount of snowfall in the plains. River Flow Forecaster, Colleen Walford, explained that “right now we’re estimating that the spring runoff is going to be much above average, so it will be noticeable. Some years you don’t notice it at all. This year people, if they’re driving around the country side, will notice active melt happening.”

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