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Water Security Agency Warns of High Flow and Ice Jamming on Battle River

Apr. 25, 2013 -- The Water Security Agency is advising the public that water is now flowing on the Battle River near North Battleford and is expected to be above normal throughout the Saskatchewan portion. This will create an increased risk of ice jams, particularly near the confluence with the North Saskatchewan River.

In the past, ice jams have occurred closer to the confluence with the North Saskatchewan River and affected Highway 4. The Water Security Agency is asking the public to exercise caution when working on or near the river as ice jams have the potential to quickly cause flooding and create hazardous conditions. 

Water flows out of Alberta on the Battle River have been increasing over the past week and are expected to peak in the next few days.  These flows combined with the local inflows expected to begin over the weekend will result in the peak flows arriving at Battleford early next week.  

Peak flows and levels at Battleford will likely exceed those in 2011 and may approach levels last seen in 1985.  These flows have the potential to cause out-of-bank flow, particularly in areas with lower banks, oxbows, etc.  

The Water Security Agency was created to lead implementation of the 25 Year Saskatchewan Water Security Plan.  It will improve water management capacity and service to individuals, businesses and communities across Saskatchewan.  This new agency brings together, for the first time, all of the major responsibilities related to water quality and quantity. 

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For more information, contact: 

Patrick Boyle
Water Security Agency
Moose Jaw
Phone: 306.694.8914
Email: Patrick.Boyle@wsask.ca
Cell: 306.631.6997