May 16, 2014 11:46 am

High River under rainfall advisory

HIGH RIVER, Ab – The town of High River issued a rainfall advisory on Friday, warning residents to be cautious of rising water levels.

The advisory came just a few hours after Environment Canada issued a special weather statement cautioning of the potential for heavy rain in the Alberta foothills area over the May long weekend.

Officials in High River worry the rainfall will create a high streamflow for the Highwood River and its tributaries.

They’re requesting that people stay safe by keeping off the rivers and away from the banks.

A temporary dyke that is being built on the southwest end of High River.

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Officials say residents should ensure sump pump systems are working properly and that downspouts and eaves troughs are functioning.

They also suggest people should consider moving valuables and important documents in basements to higher locations.

High River residents can register for the town’s alert system by CLICKING HERE or calling 403.603.3476.

Officials say they will continue to monitor the situation closely throughout the weekend, and will provide regular updates as they become available.

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