Flood Watch in Black Diamond
Foothills: Emergency officials watching Sheep River
By: Don Patterson
| Posted: Thursday, Jun 19, 2014 05:43 pm
Rising water levels in the foothills have local and provincial emergency officials on guard as flood watches have been put in place on the Sheep River and Three Point Creek.
The provincial government initiated a flood watch on the Sheep River in Black Diamond and the Three Point Creek over the afternoon on June 19.
The flood watch does not extend to the Sheep River in the Town of Okotoks at this time, where a high stream flow advisory is in place. A high stream flow advisory is also in effect on the Highwood River.
The Sheep River is rising in Okotoks and is expected to peak at 9 p.m. this evening. It is not expected to rise to the level where a flood watch will be necessary in Okotoks.
However, emergency officials are still urging people to stay away from riverbanks at this time for their own safety.
In Okotoks, the Lineham Pathway near the Denny’s restaurant has been closed as a precaution and a baracade has been set up in the Sheep River Park.
In the MD, 722 Avenue has been closed between 88 Street East and Meridian Street due to overland flooding.