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Saskatchewan Updates Spring Runoff Report

Saskatchewan's Water Security Agency says the latest Spring Runoff Report for March 2021 shows a low risk of flooding in most areas of the province.
 
Near normal runoff is now expected in a wider band of the northern and central parts of Saskatchewan including areas around Prince Albert, La Ronge, Melfort and Saskatoon along with the Kindersley, Rosetown and Leader areas with a pocket around Cypress Hills.
 
The report also shows below normal runoff is expected for some areas in central and southern Saskatchewan including Lloydminster, North Battleford, Outlook Elbow, Lucky Lake and Swift Current.
Below normal runoff is also expected in the Regina, Yorkton and Indian Head areas.
 
Well below normal runoff is expected around Moose Jaw, Assiniboia, Estevan and Weyburn.
 
The report shows conditions over southcentral and south eastern areas, especially east of Highway 4 and south of Highway 1, are particularly dry and have a snowmelt runoff potential.
 
Surface water supplies at larger reservoirs are expected to be met in 2021, users that rely on smaller reservoirs/dugouts may see shortages continue or emerge in 2021 if snowpack conditions do not improve.
 
Low levels on recreational lakes may occur during the summer months, particularly in the Qu'Appelle Valley.
 
While the snowpack is not overly heavy in the far north, areas around Uranium City, Stony Rapids and Cluff Lake indicate a higher-than-normal runoff potential.
 
Overall, the Water Security Agency's Spring Runoff Report shows unless there is significant precipitation prior to or during the spring melt and/or a rapid melt, flooding from snowmelt runoff in 2021 is considered a lower risk.
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