Updated spring flood outlook – Saskatchewan
By Gov't of Saskatchewan
Apr. 12, 2013, Regina, SK - Saskatchewan's Water Security Agency (WSA) says the month of March saw greater than normal amounts of precipitation in certain areas of the province. As a result, an above normal runoff is expected for the majority of the province, while the areas that have the potential for very high runoff and flooding have increased. These areas include Moose Jaw to Indian Head then south to Weyburn, and from Saskatoon to North Battleford extending north to Waskesiu Lake.
Residents are reminded the 2013 Emergency Flood Damage Reduction Program (EFDRP) provides engineering and technical assistance to municipalities while sharing the cost of permanent and temporary flood prevention works. EFDRP covers 100 per cent of costs for engineering assistance and purchase of sandbags by local governments. The program also reimburses individuals for 85 per cent and communities and businesses for 75 per cent of the cost of approved, permanent flood protection works built to provide protection from imminent flooding in 2013. These include projects like berms, culverts and lift station work.
Emergency Management and Fire Safety (EMFS)has deployed a cache of emergency equipment to the south of the province, strategically located near areas likely to be affected by flooding.
Information about flood preparedness and keeping yourself and your family safe can be found at www.gov.sk.ca/flood. To access the mobile site, or for more information on the Water Security Agency's programs or events visit www.wsask.ca.