Parks Canada has issued a flood watch for Waterton Lakes National Park. Water levels in the Waterton Lakes are above normal for this time of year and expected to rise. We are closely monitoring conditions and will issue regular updates and take action as needed.
Currently there is minor flooding in low-lying, flood-prone areas along the shorelines of the Waterton Lakes. Flow rates and levels in the Waterton and Belly rivers are also above average. Streams in the park are flowing quickly but are not yet experiencing flooding.
Why is this happening?
- An above average snowpack (37% higher than normal) still remains due to cooler temperatures this spring.
- Waterton Lakes National Park has received approximately 20 mm of rain over the past 48 hours. This varies depending on location. An additional 10 mm – 20 mm of rain is in the forecast with the potential for more.
- Rain that has fallen in the mountains can take 24 hours to affect lake water levels.
What you need to know
- Safety is of the utmost importance to Parks Canada. Visitors should be aware and prepared for high or rapidly rising water levels.
- It is important to stay informed. Check the Parks Canada website and Facebook and Twitter pages for updates on conditions in Waterton Lakes National Park.
- No flood-related closures are currently in place or planned at this point.
- Public safety is a top priority for Parks Canada. Parks Canada is closely monitoring water levels, snow pack, weather conditions and forecasts. We will continue to provide updates as the situation evolves.
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