As part of Thomas Porter's final project for a University of Lethbridge geography course, this BSc student produced "Understanding our watershed: assessing flood risk in the Elk River watershed'. This video highlights a unique approach and partnership between community-based water group the Elk River Alliance and academics from the University of Lethbridge. Citizens, academics, professionals, and community leaders all contributed to the development of this grassroots initiated flood strategy following the 2013 flood and which was completed in May 2016.
Would you like to check out the Elk River flood model mentioned in the video? If you live between Hosmer and the Coal Creek bridge in Fernie, you can even find your house and see if you'd be in the projected flood zone for different water levels.
To use this model, follow these steps:
1) Open the web-based visualization tool by clicking here
2) Click the water droplet on the left side menu
3) Select a flood simulation model to run
4) Zoom in to find your home/business/area of interest!