Alberta Flood Warnings Expand

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An emergency flood advisory has been expanded in Alberta, as concern over spring runoff grows to include more communities and towns. | mario loiselle via Getty Images

An emergency flood advisory has been expanded in Alberta, as concern over spring runoff grows to include more Alberta communities.

The province first warned of rapid snow melt and overland flooding caused by rising temperatures in central and southern Alberta last Friday.

Officials expanded the warning Monday to include areas near Fort McMurray and Peace River.

"Anyone who is situated close to affected creeks, or in areas that have experienced overland flooding in the past, is advised to be cautious of rising water levels over the coming few days," says an Alberta Emergency Alert.

"Avoid streams and creek crossings. Be aware of areas known to flood easily such as streams, drainage channels and canyons. Take all necessary precautions."

However, the alert also says significant water level rises are not expected on major rivers, like the Elbow or Bow.

Temperatures soared across the province Monday, with many areas seeing mercury rise into the high teens and low 20s. Tuesday calls for even nicer weather, with Calgary to see temperatures of 20 degrees and Medicine Hat 23 degrees.

Environment Canada weather data says temperatures in Alberta this time of year are usually closer to 10 degrees.

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