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Water Security Agency Issues Warning for the Saskatchewan River near Codette Reservoir

May 1, 2013 -- The Water Security Agency is advising the public of a situation developing on the Saskatchewan River by the Codette Reservoir near Nipawin.

The combination of ice movement in the North Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan River with sharply increased flows overnight and today into Codette Reservoir have necessitated a significant spill from SaskPower’s François Finlay Dam. Communities along the Saskatchewan River between Codette and Tobin Lake have been notified. Outflows are expected to be reduced over the coming days.

Tobin Lake is now rising quickly but is still below the normal full supply level.  However, communities around the lake have been notified of the rapid rise in water levels.

Flows from SaskPower’s E.B Campbell Dam at Tobin Lake of roughly 500 m3/s have been increased to moderate the rise in the lake. The total outflow from Tobin Lake is roughly 1,500 m3/s. Highway #123 to Cumberland House should not be overtopped at this release rate.

The Water Security Agency and SaskPower are working together and monitoring the situation, releases will be adjusted as necessary.

Officials in Cumberland House and Manitoba have been notified. The level of Cumberland Lake is expected to rise over the coming days.  The current level is 265.75 m, or 2.6 m below the peak level in July 2011.

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.


For more information, contact:

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