PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. – Another portion of Highway 2 reopened to traffic on Tuesday after floodwaters receded around Prince Albert.
In June, the ministry of highways and infrastructure and the Saskatchewan Water Security Agency (WSA) took steps to accelerate pumping on a flooded section of Highway 2 south of Prince Albert.
This portion had been underwater since May due to overland flooding with no natural drainage. The province invested $250,000 and it reopened on July 4.
Further road restrictions were required on the highway north of Prince Albert due to soggy conditions last month.
According to the WSA, flooding in the area north of PA arose due to above normal spring runoff combined with double the seasonal average rain in June. The area received 181.6 mm of rain that month, while the average is 72.5 mm.
Combined with ground already saturated and more rain in July, a portion of Highway 2 north of PA flooded and closed on July 11.
While three or four inches of water is still crossing the highway, all vehicles were once again allowed access to northern Saskatchewan on Tuesday morning.
Speed is reduced to 10 km/h through the flooded area.
Temporary repairs were made but some road damage remains and permanent repairs will be completed once it dries off.
The ministry asks motorists to be cautious of highway workers and thanks everyone for their patience.