Swift Current Creek experiencing higher water flows

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Some paths along Swift Current's Chinook Parkway have been barricaded as quickly rising water levels are impacting the Swift Current Creek.

Mitch Minken, General Manager, Infrastructure and Operations for the City of Swift Current, said there are a series of factors which are causing the high water levels following a release from Duncairn Dam.

"Normally what they would do is they would release it a little bit slower and try to move some of the ice out so the channel is clear and it would let the water flow through a little better. But with our nice little spell of -50 weather, it didn't really give them a chance to do that. So we're hoping that the ice will get cleared out in the next day or so and the water levels will go down a little bit through the City."

"Having said that, they have more water coming into the Reservoir as well from the country, so we're probably going to be seeing this kind of water level here for the next while."

Minken said city officials will be closely monitoring the situation, but they do not anticipate the ice will be a problem through the City of Swift Current, as the downstream portion of the Swift Current Creek is currently the area causing the water backup issues.

"They're kind of holding back, as much as they can, with releasing any more until it starts to flow a little better," Minken said.

Yesterday was a near ideal melting day, as Swift Current reached a daytime high of +7 Celsius on Wednesday, and the overnight temperature remained above freezing and was accompanied by gusting winds.

Today's forecast will help ease the quick melt, as the daytime high in Swift Current is forecast to reach just +3 Celsius, with an overnight low of -8 Celsius.

Minken advised that the public is being cautioned to avoid barricaded areas that are susceptible to flooding.

"Quite a bit of the Pathway system is underwater, and we've got the Lee Bridge closed. That water is flowing fast. We don't want anybody near that water."

City Hall will be updating the water flow conditions as they change.

 

Geographic location: Swift Current, Chinook Parkway

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