PUBLISHED: 02 July 2014

Timeline of Events: Red Deer

On June 20th, 2014 water levels in the Red Deer River reached heights of 1335m3[1]. While high, this level of river water was lower than expected and proved to be more manageable than levels reported in other areas of southern Alberta. To prepare for potential flooding, a local state of emergency was declared on the evening of June 19th to ensure emergency officials could prepare for approaching flood waters. In addition to local evacuations, approximately five hundred southern Albertans impacted by the floods were housed in a provincial reception centre in Red Deer[2]. High water levels on the Red Deer River prompted a series of precautionary actions and preparations for the City of Red Deer, however, the outcome was much less damaging and impactful than in other areas of southern Alberta. 

Sufficient preparation time and lower than initially projected water levels contributed to the minimal damage experienced by the City. Additionally, the Dickson Dam located upstream of the Red Deer River was able to reduce river flow rates and regulate the quantity of water heading downstream to communities like Innisfail and the City of Red Deer[3]. Operations at the Dickson Dam and forecasts from Alberta Environment provided necessary information to City of Red Deer emergency officials and citizens over the course of the flood which, resulted in successful response and preparation measures. 

[1]  Dawe, Michael. “Looking Back on Local Floods in the City.” Red Deer E-Press. Published July 3, 2013. Accessed May 13, 2014.  

[2] Kornik, Slav and Caley Ramsay. “Red Deer under Local State of Emergency; evacuation orders lifted.” Global News: Edmonton. Published June 21, 2013. Accessed May 13, 2014.  

[3]  Ibid.