Potential Ice Jam on Saskatchewan River
April 10, 2015 – The Water Security Agency is advising the public of an ice jam developing on the Saskatchewan River near the Codette Reservoir by Nipawin. Ice Jams can create sudden flooding both up and downstream and are very hazardous.
The Water Security Agency and SaskPower are working together to monitor the breakup of ice along the Saskatchewan River system. Based on the current water levels and a recent aerial inspection, there is a potential ice jam developing downstream of the confluence of the North and South Saskatchewan Rivers.
A similar situation developed in 2013 and did cause sudden flooding and property owners along the river system are advised to be aware of this potential.
The areas of concern that could see higher water levels are near the Highway 6 Bridge south of Choiceland and the Wapiti Regional Park. This could also result in high inflows into the Codette Reservoir which will subsequently spill into Tobin Lake and through E.B. Campbell dam resulting in high flows in the Saskatchewan River downstream of the dam.
In anticipation of a potential event like this WSA and SaskPower have been lowering water levels in the Codette and Tobin Lake Reservoirs. Over the past week, releases from Gardiner Dam have also been reduced to allow for the additional water that comes back into the system as the ice breaks up. This situation will be minimized by using the available storage.
The Water Security Agency will be monitoring situation and provide updates as needed on www.wsask.ca.
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. The Agency brings together all of the major responsibilities related to water quality and quantity.
For more information, contact:
Water Security Agency