High water levels cause overland flooding, road closures in County of Barrhead

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A number of roads have been closed and overland flooding was reported in the County of Barrhead as two rivers experience high water levels, officials said Tuesday.

“The Pembina and Paddle rivers are experiencing high water levels due to spring melt and significant precipitation,” county officials said in an information alert. “With the forecasted precipitation, rivers are expected to continue to rise.

“Residents are asked to exercise extreme caution around any water body.”

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Officials advised county residents to avoid rivers, valleys and any low-lying area, and to be cautious around streams or drainage channels.

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