The City of Swift Current's Flood Planning Team is anticipating increased water flow levels in the Swift Current Creek tonight and into Monday as warm temperatures moved into the area.
Higher water levels will reach, or surpass, levels experienced on Friday when the water levels were at their highest. Ice jams continue to be responsible for the backlog in water flows through the City of Swift Current.
"Temperatures in the 10 – 12 degrees Celsius range will likely cause additional flow through our creek system overnight,” said Swift Current Fire Department Fire Chief Denis Pilon. “As we still have areas with significant ice jams, it is possible that we could see water levels similar to or slightly higher than we experienced Friday evening.”
Water release rates have been held by the Saskatchewan Water Security Agency at 1,750 cubic feet per second from the Duncairn Dam Reservoir in order to allow the ice jams to clear.
Pilon noted that Friday's high water levels were directly caused by ice jams.
“An ice jam observed above the City Reservoir (Friday) released a surge of water over the weir and resulted in an artificial peak of water through the City (Friday evening). The artificial peak has now passed, and water levels have since dropped.”
With portions of the Chinook Pathway system currently underwater, city officials are cautioning the public to avoid barricaded areas that are susceptible to flooding and to keep away from the creek bank.
In addition, City resident are reminded that sandbags and sand are available at the City Service Centre (2074 South Service Rd. W).