The City of Calgary on Friday issued boating advisory for the Bow River, advising Calgarians against boating and all other watercraft activities. (File Photo – The City of Calgary)
“Effective immediately, The City of Calgary is issuing a boating advisory for the Bow River, due to higher expected flow rates and the current forecast. Calgarians are advised against boating and all other watercraft activities on the Bow River during this time,” the City said in a statement.
The statement further added that ongoing high flows due to snowmelt and the possibility of thunderstorms in the catchment area are expected throughout the weekend.
No flooding over riverbanks is expected, however, flow rates are expected to increase, making conditions on and near the river dangerous, the City said, adding that pathways near the river may be affected.
“Members of the Calgary Fire Department Aquatics Team will be monitoring the rivers while the advisory is in place. For the safety of river users and emergency responders, The City advises everyone to stay off the Bow River until conditions return to safer levels and the advisory is lifted,” the statement added.
The City urged Calgarians to exercise caution around river banks, warn their children about the dangers of fast-moving water, particularly those residents who live near the rivers, keep pets away from fast moving water, and remove lawn furniture and other portable items off the river bank.
Cyclists and pedestrians should watch for low-lying areas where the river can submerge the pathways, the City said.