High water level expected for North Saskatchewan River

Water Security Agency is issuing a high streamflow advisory for all reaches of the North Saskatchewan River within the province.  A large low-pressure system has resulted in a significant portion of the basin located upstream of Edmonton receiving 40-60 mm of rainfall thus far, with additional accumulations expected today.

Based on current forecasts, a peak flow of about 1,600 m3/s is expected to arrive at the Alberta-Saskatchewan Boundary on May 26 or 27.  It will reach the Battlefords on or near May 28 and Prince Albert on May 30 or 31.

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Depending on the location, water levels are expected to increase by about 1.0 to 3.0 metres from current levels, with water levels increasing, on average, by 1.6 m at the Battlefords and 2.0 m at Prince Albert.

While widespread flooding is not expected, stakeholders located along the river are advised to take any necessary precautions to protect infrastructure such as pumps.

Water Security Agency will update their 10-day Saskatchewan River Forecast on Monday, May 25.


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