Another wet year? Early flood predictions for southern Alberta released
Friday, January 24, 2014, 12:30 PM -
There's close to two months of winter left with plenty of snow on the ground, but flood forecasters in Alberta are already getting an early look at the spring melt.
According to David Sauchyn, a researcher with the Prairie Adaption Research Collaborative, there will be many wet years ahead for Alberta.
He says the El Niño phenomenon is primarily to blame for what's expected to be wetter than average years.
The Provincial River Forecasting Centre says it's still too soon to tell if this year will be another high-risk year for floods, stating that the snowpack is a key element in flood risk for southern Alberta.
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The devastating flood that hit southern Alberta last summer is still fresh on the minds of many Canadians.
At its peak, the Bow River in Calgary was estimated to be flowing at 1,740 cubic metres per second. That’s about 100 million litres of water rushing past every minute; more than twice as much water as the 2005 floods.
Homes were completely damaged, some washed away, leaving hundreds of thousands of residents displaced.
With files from The Canadian Press