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South Saskatchewan River Advisory

Post Date:06/03/2020 10:21 AM

Medicine Hat – Medicine Hat Fire Services is advising the public against swimming, boating and all other watercraft activities on the South Saskatchewan River.

“The current flow rate on the South Saskatchewan River is high due to normal spring runoff and rain events upstream,” said Fire Chief Brian Stauth. “Runoff from melting snow in the mountains is causing cold water temperatures, increased floating debris and high turbidity in the river, which makes for very poor visibility and dangerous conditions.”

The Medicine Hat Fire Services advises everyone to stay off the South Saskatchewan River until these conditions improve.

“For the safety of river users and emergency responders, we are asking everyone wait until river levels decrease,” Stauth added. “Residents should also exercise caution around river banks, as the fast-moving water can cause erosion and river banks can collapse.”

Fire Services encourages all water users to monitor flow levels on the Government of Alberta website

Once flow levels reduce and recreational use of the river resumes, residents are reminded to use caution and be prepared for anything on the water. All watercraft users are reminded to wear lifejackets and avoid consuming alcohol and other intoxicants. For more information on river safety, visit the City website.

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For further information, please contact:

Brian Stauth
Fire Chief
City of Medicine Hat
403-502-8006

Chad Eakins
Assistant Deputy Fire Chief
City of Medicine Hat
403-502-8008

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