It was close. Everyone was on edge. After the devastating flood a year earlier we were fearing the worst. In fact there was some minor flooding, but compared to the flood of 2013, it didn’t actually compare. On June 19, 2014, one year minus one day after the previous flood a persistent overnight rain fell on already saturated ground and into rivers and creeks that were classified as “streamflow advisory”. All the usual suspects where water overflows onto roads, over bridges and onto the surrounding land around the hamlet were set to flood. One new indicator is the rock shelf on the west side of the Balsam Avenue bridge where the earth, trees and a house got washed away last year. That rock is normally visible, but it got overrun with water. Most of the photos below were taken at the same place as those taken the year before so you can compare. These photos were taken between 9 and 11 AM, the time the rain stopped, Moose Mountain reappeared and a hazy sun began to shine.
Photos of the flood of 2014
A near miss
These photos show a river and creek in flood. But compared to 2013, this is nothing. The gaping hole in White Avenue had been rebuilt and it held. The Highway 66 bridge near Allen Bill held. Do you hear that sigh of relief?
This the river flow chart for June 19, 2014 from Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development. The measurement is taken in the Elbow River at Bragg Creek.
Check the current snow pack and river flow here: http://www.environment.alberta.ca/apps/basins/default.aspx