Additional water release speeds flow of Swift Current Creek
For the fourth time this month the Saskatchewan Watershed Authority has approved a higher water release rate from Duncairn Dam.
On Monday the Authority began a release rate of 400 cubic feet per second in order to clear snow and ice from the Swift Current Creek channel.
Previous releases occurred on March 25 (300 cubic feet per second), March 21 (200 cubic feet per second), plus March 14 (100 cubic feet per second).
“ This increase is again to help speed up the process of clearing the creek channels of snow and ice however we don’t believe a significant rise in creek levels will occur,” stated Clinton Molde, Regional Manager for the Saskatchewan Watershed Authority.
City of Swift Current’s Director of Engineering Mac Forster reminded city residents to take necessary precautions to reduce the possibility of basement flooding.
“We would like to encourage residents to take precautionary actions in terms of shoveling snow and trenching standing water away from the foundations of their homes and ensuring sump pumps are in good working condition. This will help minimize the effects of surface water runoff around homes.”
To aid in these precautionary measures, the City has sandbags and sand available free of charge at the city Service Center, located at 2074 South Service Rd. W. City residents are invited to fill sandbags for use around their homes.
The provincial website www.saskflood.ca has been launched to provide up-to-date details on areas at the highest risk, but until temperatures start to rise they will not have a report. The are currently monitoring snowpack, climate conditions and runoff across the province.