The Municipality has released an update on 2023 River Breakup.
A community update had been posted on its website and to social media on Apr. 13, 2023.
The first River Breakup Community Update is out. The breakup of ice cover is still in the early stages but melting will progress as temperatures warm. Find more at https://t.co/meCzAHsIX2 and subscribe to receive an email when new updates are posted.https://t.co/PXjXwarr9M #ymm pic.twitter.com/qcxs6S4Hkt
— rmwoodbuffalo (@RMWoodBuffalo) April 13, 2023
As the time nears for River Breakup, the RMWB will provide new information on its website.
Released by Alberta Environment and Parks, the AB Rivers App reports on ice advisories, flow rates, and water levels.
River Breakup preparations
Temporary measures such as triple dams or water-filled barriers, clay berms, pumps and plugs have been installed across the downtown and Lower Townsite.
Preparing an emergency kit for the home and having a plan in case of an emergency is also recommended.
In 2022, the Municipality updated its map on river breakup evacuation zones.
The RMWB also warns residents to stay away from riverbanks and watch for thin ice during river breakup season.
“As temperatures warm, the ice will thin. Do not travel on the ice during this time. Once river breakup begins, large sections of ice can move unexpectedly and water levels can change quickly. Do not watch river breakup from a shoreline, closed areas, the bridge or on the side of the road.”
A livestream documenting the river breakup on the Athabasca River is available on the Municipality’s YouTube channel.
Residents in need of additional support during an evacuation may register with the RMWB for the Vulnerable Persons Registry.