The Water Security Agency is advising the public of rising water levels and flooding on the Beaver River. Located south of the Meadow Lake Provincial Park, flows on the river are expected to reach 350 cubic metres per second (m3/s) near the Alberta border on June 13. Typical flows for this time of year is 30 m3/s.
A peak flow of 400 m3/s is expected near Highway 4 south of Dorintosh on or near June 18 with water levels expected to increase by about 1.5 m from today’s levels. The increase in flows and flooding is a result of significant rainfall events in Alberta as they eventually make their way into Saskatchewan.
A peak flow of 460 m3/s is expected below the confluence with the Waterhen River, at Highway 155 on or near June 25 with water levels about 0.5 m higher than today’s levels. This will be approximately a 1 in 35-year runoff event and is expected to be the highest flows on the system since 1974.
The impacts from this event are not expected to be significant as there is very little development along the river. However, the public is being advised to be aware of the potential flooding in the area and are advised to use caution around water within this basin as swift moving water can pose a hazard.
Any landowners near the Beaver River are also advised to be aware of the situation and potential impacts to property.