Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park has begun preparations as water levels begin to rise on Lake Deifenbaker.
On Thursday, Saskatchewan’s Water Security Agency (WSA) warned anyone near the South Saskatchewan River that inflows could increase to about 12 times the normal rate by Tuesday as water rushes in from Southern Alberta.
But according to park supervisor Sheldon Kowalchuk, the lake has already begun rising.
“We closed 43 campsites along with the group camping,” he said, saying he’s had to move around a dozen campers out of low-lying areas.
A section of Highway 2, approximately 18 kilometers north of Prince Albert, has been closed again.
It was reopened yesterday afternoon after road crews fixed a washed out section of the highway on the north side of Little Red River bridge.
The same water-flow issues have now caused a similar washout situation on the south side of the bridge, said Robin Briere with the ministry of highways.
She said a road crew will be at the scene by 10 a.m. and will begin to evaluate the problem and make repairs.
Residents of Bragg Creek, a community near Calgary, are slowly being allowed to return home after rising waters of the Elbow river ripped through the community causing a mandatory evacuation late Thursday night.
Tom Walker, a photographer - who was rescued from his car when the river spilled the banks, captured these images as he returned to the community.
They're calling it a once-in-100-year flood in Calgary, Alta. and August Neves figures they're right.
As a break in the rain brought people out to see the extent of flooding Saturday morning in the city's Erlton neighbourhood, Neves, a resident for over 30 years, said the severity of this flood dwarfs one that hit the area back in 2005. "We had flooding eight years ago, but the water never reached the street," he said as he watched brown water churn along Erlton Road.
Others were still shaken after having to evacuate.
Cumberland House is preparing to evacuate as flood waters race toward the community located along the Saskatchewan River in the north east part of the province.
People from the village of Cumberland House and the Cumberland House Cree Nation will be moved to hotels and shelters in Prince Albert, Saskatoon, and Regina, if necessary.
A section of Highway 2 approximately 18 kms north of Prince Albert has reopened after a wash out yesterday afternoon.
Traffic was being rerouted along Highway 55 and Pulp Haul Road but that detour is no longer in effect.
A construction crew was on the scene since 6:30 p.m. on Friday. They've now completed work and the Little Red River bridge is open to both northbound and southbound traffic..
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A stretch of road in Saskatoon's north end has been barricaded off because of the potential for flooding from the South Saskatchewan River.
Running parallel to the river, Spadina Crescent is shut down between Ravine Drive and Pinehouse Drive, as heavy rain in southern Alberta combined with higher flows into Lake Diefenbaker is causing the river to rise in Saskatoon.
The water level had almost reached the concrete platform of the lookout point behind the Mendel Art Gallery as of Saturday afternoon.
Heavy rains in both northern and southern Alberta are being blamed for expected floods that are going to lead to more than 2,000 people in Cumberland House being removed from their homes.
On Friday, Saskatchewan’s Water Security Agency (WSA) announced in a press release that the South Saskatchewan river could see inflows from Alberta reach record levels, with flow rates about 12 times the normal rate or about 6,000 m³/s.
Sasktel’s alarm monitoring company, SecureTech, is bracing for an influx of calls as flooding in Alberta knocks out power and triggers alarms.
“If there are any power outages or if an alarm system has a water sensor, it does send in an alarm to the monitoring station,” said Michelle Englot. “Roughly 6,000 alarms is an average day, and they’re estimating it will be significantly more than that—in fact, potentially double.”
Monitoring stations in Yorkton, Winnipeg, MB, and Aurora, ON have been adequately staffed to handle the influx of alerts.