April 23, 2014 7:34 pm

Potential ice jamming on North Saskatchewan River

The Water Security Agency is advising the public to be aware of the potential for ice jamming on the North Saskatchewan River.

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PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. – The Water Security Agency (WSA) issued an ice jam warning Wednesday on the North Saskatchewan River.

Currently, the ice on the river system is breaking up and could create ice jam formations.

WSA says regions, particularly between the Petrofka Bridge and Prince Albert are at risk. This could also result in a more serious ice jam upstream from the bridge.

Ice jam formations are unpredictable and can cause rapid and major flooding.

People are being asked to closely monitor the river system.

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In the meantime, Prince Albert Mayor Greg Dionne says his city is continuing to keep track of levels in Edmonton, since much of the runoff comes from Alberta.

“The area around Prince Albert is sort of a basin. We hold lots of water and that’s our problem,” said Dionne.

“We’re very lucky we have the Saskatchewan Emergency Measures organization actually based in P.A. So they have tons of equipment, sandbags, sand barriers, a lot of barriers, and pumpers.”

READ MORE: Prince Albert area forecast to have well above normal spring runoff

Under no circumstances should anyone venture onto the ice near an ice jam.

The risk will continue until the ice melts, which is expected within the next week.

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