Monitoring for Snowmelt and Overland Flooding
Release Date: April 27, 2022
The Rocky Mountain snowmelt occurs each year between April and June. In late May and early June, rainfall from large weather systems occurs in Alberta and may cause overland flooding. Rain and/or rapid snowmelt on impermeable frozen soil is the leading cause of severe flooding and erosion. For more information, see Alberta's snowmelt and its impact on Alberta rivers.
We remind licensees of their responsibility to take appropriate precautions to ensure public safety and environmental protection by minimizing the potential operational impacts because of these hazards.
All licensees must be aware of the potential for site and equipment damage from flooding and physically inspect and assess any sites and equipment that have been affected or may potentially be affected.
Licensees should have procedures in place to monitor for snowmelt and flood advisories and be prepared to take the necessary steps to protect their operations.
Please refer to the following information sources:
- Alberta River Basins website, Alberta Rivers (mobile app Google Play), or Alberta Rivers (mobile app Apple Store) for streamflow advisories and water emergency conditions
- Alberta Weather Conditions and Forecast by Location website
- Alberta Emergency Alert website or Alberta Emergency Alert mobile app
- Alberta Flood Services and Information website
- Information on hazard preparedness is available at Alberta Hazard Preparedness website