June 18, 2014 7:50 pm

Flooding in Lethbridge County leads to extensive damage

CALGARY- As the swollen Oldman River continues to wreak havoc in Lethbridge County, officials say the silver lining is that there is little risk of seeing historic flows.

“This is good news, the river is not as strong as first predicted,” says Lethbridge Fire Chief Brian Cornforth. “Levels will continue to decrease as rainfall dissipates in the area.”

Original forecasts predicted the Oldman River would flow at 4,500 cubic metres per second, but that has since been revised to just 1,800.

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However, the County of Lethbridge remains under a Local State of Emergency, with Claresholm seeing extensive damage and the Blood Tribe being evacuated.

Some 250 homes have been affected, and the flooding has also proven disastrous for those who depend on the land. A number of large feed lot operations are underwater, and huge areas of farmland have been washed out.

WATCH: Mayor Chris Spearman updates the flood situation

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