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April 19: River Breakup Declared
Observation reports and maps from the Alberta ministry of Environment and Parks offer snapshots of ice conditions on the Athabasca River upstream and downstream from Fort McMurray.
Live River Camera
Watch the ice from a safe distance through the River Breakup Camera.
As with many communities in Canada, flooding can occur at any time in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, especially in populated areas adjacent to the Athabasca, Clearwater and Christina Rivers.
While floods cannot be predicted, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Emergency Management Department works closely with Alberta Environment to mitigate the potential impact of a flood.
Officials monitor the Athabasca River upper basin, local river levels, precipitation and overall weather patterns, particularly during the spring months when the risk of flooding is greater. Numerous check points are placed on the Clearwater River to provide warning of an ice break.
Real time advisories and warnings providing information on high stream flows, floods and ice jams are available on the Alberta Environment website.