Town of Canmore

Seasonal High Water Monitoring

Update: 11:00 a.m. Monday, July 6, 2020

Some concerns. The current snowpack depth and Bow River flow rate are within their normal ranges for this time of year. Groundwater levels remain high, with many valley bottom areas affected. With thunderstorms and isolated showers forecasted over the next few days, expect water ponding in many areas in town.

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Previous Updates

July 2: The level of the Bow River is currently a bit higher than normal range but is not a cause of concern, as it has continued to go down since Monday and is expected to slowly return towards its normal flow range. The concern remains with high groundwater affecting most of the valley bottom.

June 29: Current snowpack depth is within seasonal range in the Bow River watershed. The Bow River flow rate is above its normal seasonal range due to moderate rainfall in the upper watershed over the weekend, but is not a cause of concern and is slowly returning towards its normal flow range. Groundwater levels are high and most areas in valley bottom are affected. With high precipitation levels, some sections of pathways along the Bow River are affected, and the pathways under the bridge remain closed. 

June 25: The rainy forecast this weekend predicts anywhere from 5 to 25 mm in the next few days. Water in the Bow River has been steadily rising over the past week due to melting snow in the upper watershed. While it is above the normal level for this time of the year, it is still well below the threshold to cause significant issues in Canmore. However, some of our pathways along the river might be affected, as the Bow River is expected to keep rising through the weekend. Groundwater is still high and we might see ponding in low lying areas again this weekend. 

June 22: The Bow River is currently a bit higher than normal range but is not a cause of concern. It is fluctuating with the snowmelt and precipitation events. Our steep creeks are fairly low with most of the snow having already melted in the Canmore area. There are scattered showers and chances of afternoon thunderstorms this week that may cause water ponding in many areas of town. Some concerns remain with groundwater being very high and affecting most of valley bottom. 

June 18: Some concerns. Current snowpack depth is within seasonal range in the Bow River watershed. The Bow River flow rate is within its normal seasonal range. Groundwater levels are high and many areas in valley bottom are affected. Water ponding in many areas of town possible with high precipitation levels. Intermittent showers are expected to continue into the weekend. Precipitation amounts are generally expected to be under 10mm, although higher amounts are possible due to thunderstorm activity.

June 15: Some concerns. Current snowpack depth is within seasonal range in the Bow River watershed. The Bow River flow rate is slightly above its normal seasonal range. Groundwater levels are high and many areas in valley bottom are affected. Water ponding in many areas of town possible with high precipitation levels.

June 11: Some concerns. Current snowpack depth is back to within seasonal range in the Bow River watershed. The Bow River flow rate is within its normal seasonal range. Groundwater levels are high and many areas in valley bottom are affected. With possible precipitation of up to 30mm over the weekend, water ponding in many areas of town is possible.

June 8: Some concerns. Current snowpack depth is above seasonal throughout the Bow River watershed. The Bow River flow rate is within its normal seasonal range. Groundwater levels are high and many areas in valley bottom are affected.

June 6: Some concerns. Current snowpack depth is above seasonal throughout the Bow River watershed. The Bow River flow rate has dropped back to normal range. Up to 30mm of precipitation expected in the next 48 hours. Groundwater levels are high and many areas in valley bottom are affected. Expect Cougar Creek to flow and water ponding in many areas of town with high precipitation levels.

June 4: Some concerns. Current snowpack depth is above seasonal throughout the Bow River watershed. Average seasonal temperatures are expected in the next 72 hours. The Bow River flow rate is currently dropping after last week’s storm. Cougar Creek continues to flow most afternoons with snowmelt. Groundwater levels are high and many areas in valley bottom might start being affected.

June 1: Some concerns. Current snowpack depth is above seasonal throughout the Bow River watershed. Warmer seasonal temperatures are expected in the next 72 hours. The Bow River flow rate is now above normal range due to heavy precipitation in the last 24 hours and is expected to keep rising throughout the day. Cougar Creek was flowing to the Bow River yesterday, but is expected to quiet down today with no new precipitation expected. Groundwater level is expected to rise rapidly with the recent precipitation and the rise of the Bow River.

May 28: No concerns. Current snowpack depth is above seasonal throughout the Bow River watershed. Warmer seasonal temperatures are expected in the next 72 hours. The Bow River flow rate is expected to increase slightly due to snowmelt; however, it should stay within normal flow ranges. Groundwater is at average levels. 

May 25: No concerns. Current snowpack depth is above seasonal throughout the Bow River watershed. Cooler seasonal temperatures are expected in the next 48 hours. Cougar Creek may sporadically flow due to snow melt and precipitation. Groundwater is at average levels.

May 21: Some concerns. Current snowpack depth is above seasonal throughout the Bow River watershed. Periods of intense precipitation with total accumulation of up to 35mm are expected today below tree line. Snow is expected in the alpine. Some creeks might be flowing. Groundwater is at average levels.

May 19: No concerns. Current snowpack depth is above seasonal throughout the Bow River watershed. This week, rain or showers are expected below tree line whereas new snow is expected in the alpine. Groundwater levels are slightly above average. No issues are expected with steep creeks and the Bow River water levels are within normal range.

May 15:No concerns. Current snowpack depth is above seasonal throughout the Bow River watershed. With daily high temperatures expected to reach the double digits this week, the snowpack will continue to melt. Groundwater levels are slightly above average.

May 11: No concerns. Current snowpack depth is above seasonal throughout the Bow River watershed. With daily high temperatures expected to reach the double digits later this week, the snowpack should continue to melt. Groundwater levels are slightly above average.

May 4: No concerns. Current snowpack depth is above seasonal throughout the Bow River watershed. With daily high temperatures in the double digits anticipated this week, the snowpack melt rate is expected to increase. Groundwater levels are slightly above average.

April 27: No concerns. Current snowpack depth is above seasonal throughout the Bow River watershed. With daily high temperatures in the double digits anticipated this week, the snowpack melt rate is expected to increase. Groundwater levels are slightly above average.

April 20: No concerns. Current snowpack depth is above seasonal throughout the Bow River watershed. With daily high temperatures in the double digits anticipated this week, the snowpack melt rate is expected to increase. Groundwater levels are slightly above average.

April 14: Current snowpack depth is above seasonal throughout the Bow River watershed. With rising freezing levels expected this week, the snowpack is expected to melt slowly. Groundwater levels are normal.

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