May 21, 2014 3:32 pm

South Saskatchewan River to rise higher, flow faster in Saskatoon

Increased release from Gardiner Dam means the South Saskatchewan River will flow faster and be higher in Saskatoon.

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SASKATOON – The Saskatchewan Water Security Agency is increasing the outflow from the Gardiner Dam over the next few days, meaning another increase to the river level in Saskatoon.

The WSA will be increasing the outflow from the current 800 cubic metres per second (m3/s) to 1,000 m3/s, resulting in the river rising up to an additional foot from its current level.

The higher levels and flow are expected to last for the rest of May and into June as the WSA lowers the water level in Diefenbaker Lake due to an above normal snowpack in the mountains, an above average lake level for this time of year and recent rainfall in Alberta.

WSA is being proactive in lowering the lake to provide additional flood storage in the event of above normal rainfall over the next few weeks.

No out-of-bank flooding is expected as a result of the increased outflow.

Saskatoon Fire Department officials are warning people to exercise extreme caution and care in and around the river while levels are elevated.

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