By Justin Seward
With the milder winter the region has experienced this year, the outlook on flooding does not seem to indicate that Cypress County will be impacted too much.
“The County is not expecting to see any flooding this spring. However, that can change depending on temperatures and rainfall,” said County Reeve Dan Hamilton.
Creek levels in the county are low.
“Creek levels are low at this point and most are not flowing as of yet,” said Hamilton.
“ This could change as the snowpack continues to melt. The northern and southern parts of County accumulated the greatest amount of snow.”
Hamilton reminded those who want to be by the creeks and rivers about the dangers of this time of year being around the waterways.
“The safety of ice, especially over running water, can never be trusted,” said Hamilton. “Once creeks start flowing, they can be at a rapid rate and levels can increase without notice.”
The county has a couple problematic areas during flooding.
“Throughout the county there are a few problematic areas that can cause overlanding flooding over some roads, but it is not expected to be greater than usual,” said Hamilton.
If there are any signs of flooding, Cypress County starts preparing once they get notifications from Alberta Environment and Parks.
Actions taken include notifying residents and the preparation of sand bags.
“For creeks and overland flooding,the County evaluates the best course of action for the preservation of county infrastructure which includes bridges and culverts. One course of action is to open up culverts to accommodate the increased flow,” said Hamilton.