An unusually late Spring is causing the Highwood River to run higher and faster than usual for this time of year.
The High River Fire Department is concerned for the public's safety when tubing down the river or engaging in any activity around the water.
High River Fire Department, Deputy Chief, Trevor Allan, says, "We have more snowpack in our basin than we usually do, so we're seeing the effects of that melt-off still occuring well into June". He adds, "water safety is imperative and we urge people not to engage in any activity on the river until it slows down."
Tubing down the Highwood is a popular activity during the summer months and once the river drops in flow, locals can get back to enjoying the lazy excursion. "However, tubers still need to wear a properly-fitted life jacket, use a watercraft that is capable of holding the amount of people in the vessel, and exclude all use of alcohol," said Allan.
Summer officially starts on Thursday, June 21.
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