Banff flood watch downgraded to high streamflow advisory

A flood watch was issued for the Town of Banff on Tuesday, May 29. John Himpe / Global News

The flood watch issued for the Town of Banff, including the Bow River upstream of the town, has been downgraded to a high streamflow advisory.

The advisory was issued at 11:34 a.m. on Thursday.

“The precipitation did not cause significant water level rises and the Bow River water levels upstream of the Town of Banff are expected to continue to decrease,” the Alberta Rivers website said Thursday.

The Town of Banff was put on flood watch Tuesday, as significant rainfall was expected in the Upper Bow Basin, according to the town’s website.

Global News Calgary meteorologist Jordan Witzel said Wednesday the townsite of Banff can expect some rain Thursday into Friday.

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The town said earlier this week that the river’s water levels could rise about 0.2 metres.

“This precipitation, in combination with the higher than average water levels in these areas due to the snow melt that has occurred in the past few weeks, may cause water levels to approach bank full conditions at the Town of Banff and upstream,” the town said at the time.

Officials said at the time no widespread flooding was expected, but some low-lying areas near the river could have seen some flooding.

A high streamflow advisory had also been in place for the Bow River upstream from the Town of Cochrane to the Town of Banff.  It remains in effect.

“Conditions along the Bow River system upstream of the Town of Cochrane are being watched closely and discussions with local authorities are ongoing,” the Alberta Rivers website said Thursday. “Advisories will be updated as required. No significant flooding is expected at this time.”

For more information on Alberta river conditions, visit the Alberta River Basins website.

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