Substantial flow increase expected for North Sask. River

Experts say high stream flows are expected for the North Saskatchewan River after the latest rounds of precipitation in the province.

The Water Security Agency says headwater areas on the river received a large amount of precipitation last week, resulting in water levels set to increase at approximately 1.5 metres.

The rise in levels may impact ferries and water intakes, and could possibly present hazardous conditions for recreational use.

According to a release from the government, areas west of Edmonton were showered with 50 to 117 mm of rain between June 18-21. The precipitation will result in a “substantial increase” of flows for areas near the river.

Escalating levels are projected from 320 cubic metres per second and may cap near 1,000 cubic metres per second.

Prince Albert will see a peak at around 1.6 metres above current levels, while the Battlefords should experience a 1.2-metre jump. Hydroelectric facilities on the river, along with the EB Campbell Dam, are expected to see rising waters as well.

The agency added how this will be similar to high flows experienced in June of 2017.

Flows are expected to peak throughout this week.

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