Town Flood Gate and Siren Testing Lined Up for Coming Week

HIGH RIVER, AB – Town of High River staff are taking steps to ensure the Town remains vigilant and prepared during the annual spring thaw. These steps include testing the flood gate and sirens to ensure they are in excellent working order.

Annual Flood Gate testing will occur on May 3rd this year.

Staff ensure the gate is functioning well after the winter season and review routines related to flood gate operations in an emergency.

> Time: 5 PM – for approximately 3 hours
> Centre Street Bridge Closure: No vehicular or pedestrian traffic during this time; barriers will be in place at Center street and High Country Drive, and at MacLeod Trail and Center street at Sobeys
> Detour Route: Detour route for vehicular traffic via Highway 543/498
> Pedestrian traffic: Please note the bridge closure and plan ahead

Siren testing May 6th at Noon

There will be a test of the permanent outdoor sirens and High River Alert system on Wednesday May 6. This test is part of the Town’s ongoing emergency preparedness plan. The permanent sirens are meant for outdoor notifications only and most people will not be able to hear them inside. The siren test will last for three minutes, but in a real emergency, the sirens will sound continuously.

Note: Sirens will sound at 7 pm on May 1st as part of a salute to High River Health Care Heroes. This is not part of annual testing.

All residents are encouraged to sign up for the High River ALERT system, which is part of the Safe Communities Alert Network (SCAN). Click here to register and receive notifications by email, on your mobile app, by phone or by text for High River or for other participating municipalities.