Lethbridge County: Spring officially arrives on Sunday but, the melt has already begun. What comes next should not surprise anyone.
While in Lethbridge in late January, Environment Canada's Chief meteorologist Dave Philips told Country-95 News that area farmers may be quite late getting into their fields this spring. The reason -- a wet spring and saturated ground that didn't completely dry out from last spring.
We're already seeing the consequences, as the County of Lethbridge deals with flooded and washed out roads. As of Friday afternoon, the hardest his areas were around Turin and Sundial.
County crews have been out barricading the worst areas but more problem spots may appear as the melt continues. If you come across a flooded road you need to be wary. County Manager Dennis Shigematsu cautions, "Whether or not you continue through the flooded area, is at your own risk". He says, "You have to decide if you have an appropriate vehicle to traverse over trouble spots".
You need to be particularly wary of roads that are completely underwater. It's difficult to judge how deep the water is or whether the road has completely washed away beneath.
Shigematsu assures us the County is prepared for any possible State of Emergency and their prime concern is public safety. He cautions County residents to listen for future flooding updates.
In the meantime, if you come across a submerged or washed out county road that needs to be barricaded, you should call the County office at 403-329-5525 or the County shop in Picture Butte at 403-732-5333.