Ad­di­tional wa­ter re­lease speeds flow of Swift Cur­rent Creek

The Southwest Booster - - NEWS -

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.

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