Flooding not expected but N.B. prepared for high river levels

By Geoff Smith
August 26, 2016 - 5:00pm

Even though flooding isn’t expected, the City of North Battleford is prepared for increased water levels coming down the river from Alberta.

Rainfall near Edmonton caused the North Saskatchewan River to rise and the Water Security Agency (WSA) has estimated a two-metre increase in the water levels with the peak reaching the Battlefords on Sunday, Aug. 28.

Despite the above average amount of water coming down the river, the WSA does not expect any flooding to occur.

The water increase will not affect the day to day operations at the Water Treatment Plants nor the four new wells being dug for Water Treatment Plant #1.

“We have been monitoring this since Wednesday and anticipate no issues, but of course we will be watching the water level and the water flow forecasts by the WSA closely over the weekend. We do have sandbags ready, just in case something unforeseen should happen,” City Manager Jim Puffalt said in a release.

The city is reminding people to be cautious around the river banks and on the water because increased water levels can result in stronger currents and floating debris.


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