Severe flooding in the Canadian city of Calgary has prompted a warning to British travellers.

Calgary police and local authorities are recommending avoiding the downtown area if possible today (Friday) due to the risk of flooding, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office said.

“Alberta is experiencing exceptionally high rainfall, with parts of Alberta experiencing overland floods and high water levels,” according to the FCO.

“There are also reports of blockages to the trans-Canada highway. Some communities, including some in Calgary, are being evacuated.

“You are advised to take normal precautions in such conditions, monitor local weather reports and follow the Alberta Emergency Alert and The City of Calgary websites.”

Flood watches have been issued for areas in the south eastern interior of British Columbia.

Mudslides have closed sections of the trans Canada highway east of Golden in British Columbia and Highway 31.