Saskatoon spirits dampen as rain continues through another weekend
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SASKATOON – Despite early indications of a dry weekend, the rain continues on the Prairies.
The one year anniversary of the Alberta floods was marked Friday in Calgary.
As more heavy rain raises flows in southern Alberta, the South Saskatchewan River is affected in Saskatoon.
“The Red Deer, the Bow and the Oldman, they fill up, they go into the South Saskatchewan. South Saskatchewan goes to Lake Diefenbaker and then Gardiner Dam has to release so right now we’re at 900 cubic metres per second,” said Doug Porteous with Meewasin Valley Authority.
Last year, the river was up to 2,000 cubic metres per second, pushing water over River Landing and lower Spadina Crescent.
“Right now the Water Security Agency, they do a great job of anticipating and predicting what happens and I don’t think it’s going to, at this point, get up much more,” said Porteous.
All this hinges on how much more rain winds up in southern Alberta and Saskatoon.
Global News spoke to many Saskatoon residents that are getting tired of the damp weather but there is an end in sight.
“Well after over 200 millimetres fell in southern Alberta, they’re finally getting a break as of Friday but now Saskatchewan is getting hit hard by the rain. It is going to continue into Saturday and start tapering off as we head through into next week,” said Peter Quinlan, Global News meteorologist.
Despite the rain getting to people, Saskatoon is below the monthly rain total average and last year was almost 20 millimetres above it.