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Spring Storm Creates Potential for Issues in North West Saskatchewan

April 18, 2017 – The Water Security Agency (WSA) is advising the public in northwestern Saskatchewan of the potential for minor flooding issues resulting from the recent spring storm event.

A major spring storm brought snow and rain to a large area of Central and Northern Saskatchewan late last week. Upwards of 70-75 mm of total precipitation may have occurred over areas between Waterhen and Dore lakes with much of Meadow Lake Provincial Park and surrounding areas receiving in excess of 60 mm.

With temperatures forecasted to warmup later this week, there is the potential for rapid melt and high streamflows to occur within these regions. This may result in some out of channel flows and the potential for roadways to be overtopped.

While widespread flooding is not expected, the public is urged to use caution near fast moving water and to avoid driving through moving water. This will also translate into higher flows within the Churchill River System over the coming weeks.

WSA will continue to monitor the 2017 spring runoff conditions across Saskatchewan. Further updates will be issued as the spring runoff progresses. For more stream flows and lake levels information visit www.wsask.ca.

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For more information, contact: 

Patrick Boyle
Water Security Agency
Moose Jaw
Phone: 306-694-8914
Email: Patrick.Boyle@wsask.ca