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Reservoirs, Lake Diefenbaker performing well after significant rainfall – 620 CKRM

Reservoirs, Lake Diefenbaker performing well after significant rainfall – 620 CKRM
Reservoirs, Lake Diefenbaker performing well after significant rainfall – 620 CKRM

Water levels in Saskatchewan are good after a weather system brought heavy rain to the west and centre of the province in late June.

The Water Security Agency issued a warning ahead of the June 26 rainfall and monitored lake, river and stream levels over the Canadian long weekend.

According to WSA spokesman Sean Osmar, most reservoirs are full or nearly full, and Lake Diefenbaker is currently three feet higher than it was last year. He expects the water level to be two to two and a half times higher than it was last summer by the end of this month.

“In general, moisture is returning and that is good for the province,” said Osmar.

There were reports of localized flooding in areas under the advisory. Communities included Kindersley, North Battleford, Biggar, Outlook, Saskatoon, Rosthern, Humboldt, Foam Lake, Regina Beach, Buffalo Pound Lake, Davidson, and the northern end of Lake Diefenbaker, including Riverhurst and Elbow.

Osmar noted that two holes on a golf course in Saskatoon were flooded, along with low-lying areas and some farmland, “depending on where you were.”

The advisory also noted that water flows from Alberta to Saskatchewan would increase due to the weather system, but Osmar says that is difficult to say at this time.

“We know that parts of that storm fell as much as 100 millimetres of rain, so depending on how much flows in, Alberta will obviously divert some of that for their own purposes and into their reservoirs, but we expect the flow rate to increase over the next few days.”