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High stream flow advisory issued for Elbow River

Last Updated May 22, 2020 at 1:08 pm MDT

The Saddledome is visible in the distance from the banks of the Elbow River in SE Calgary. Sunday, May 26th, 2019. (PHOTO: Tom Ross - 660 NEWS)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – The City of Calgary has issued a high stream flow advisory for the Elbow River effective immediately.

The city said water flow rates have increased significantly on the Elbow River as a result of recent rainfall.

You’re asked to use extra caution in and around the river at this time.

“Where there’s water, there’s risk,” said Carol Henke with the Calgary Fire Department. “These elevated flow rates dramatically increase the risk to those who are in and around the Elbow River and so we are issuing this advisory”.

The advisory comes after Calgary broke a rainfall record for May 21 with 33.3 millimetres according to Environment Canada.

Calgarians are encouraged to keep kids and pets away from the river due to the fast-moving water. Cyclists and pedestrians are also asked to watch for low-lying areas where water can cover the pathways.