UPDATED: Tuesday July 12, 2016 – 1535 CST – Heavy rain has resulted in some minor flooding on waterways in northeastern Saskatchewan, says the Water Security Agency.
Burntout Brook near Arborfield peaked at 44 cubic metres per second last night, a one-in-50-year event.
The Pasquia River at Highway 9 is flowing at 33 m3/s, which is greater than one-in-50, and is continuing to rise.
The Torch River near Love is at 42 m3/s and rising. It’s not yet at flood stage.
The WSA said direct rainfall at Buffalo Pound Lake, Last Mountain Lake and Crooked Lake resulted in lake levels rising slightly above the upper end of what is deemed desirable operating range but still well below where flood damage would occur.
Some highway washouts have also been reported in the north, near LaRonge, and highways in the Arborfield, Carrot River and Pelican Narrows areas have been closed due to water. Drivers should consult the highway hotline before traveling in the region.
Rainfall warnings continue for much of the province.
POSTED: July 12, 2016 – 1105 CST – Rainfall warnings continue in much of Saskatchewan today, and two more communities have declared local emergencies.
Carrot River and Arborfield in the northeastern grain belt were both flooded overnight after heavy rain. Lloydminster and Estevan had earlier suffered the same fate.
The Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corp. office in Estevan has closed due to flooding.
Although the low-pressure system in the province’s south is slowly moving into Manitoba, most warned areas can still expect significant rain today. As much as 75 millimetres have fallen in some places, with more in the flooded areas, and Environment Canada predicts another 25 mm before the system completely leaves the province.
The warned areas include the far southwest through to the northeast as far as Creighton. Regina is no longer affected, but Swift Current, Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Saskatoon, and Kindersley areas are.