Friday, March 31, 2023

swampy or swampy? Southeast Sask. waiting for the worst rain

“Volumes of up to 90 mm may be achieved in some areas,” the WSA said in its release.

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Rains in southeastern Saskatchewan may increase to 90 mm in some communities before they end.

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Meteorologist Sarah Hoffman said preliminary numbers from Environment and Climate Change Canada in the past 24 hours, as of Friday afternoon, saw significant rainfall southeast of Regina, as some areas received more than 65 mm of rain in the past day.

“The big winner – or loser, I guess how you put it – is the yellow grass,” she said, noting that 66.6 mm of rain was recorded.

Around Weyburn, 65.4 mm of rain fell, prompting the city of Weyburn to ask residents to reduce water consumption to only essential uses to allow the sewer system to handle “excessive stormwater”.

In addition to heavy rain, strong winds were reported in several areas with heights of up to 80 km/h in and around Comsack, Inverme, Davidson and Fillmore, where SaskPower employees reported several outages on Friday due to down lines and other damage. responded to. As of Friday afternoon, Environment Canada recorded the highest gusts near the Village of Pilgar, which saw winds of up to 87 km/h. Gusts also reached 83 km/h at Assinibo and 81 km/h at Yorkton.

Kamsack Mayor Nancy Brunt said gusts of wind damaged the roof of a lawyer’s office, a business in the city, about 230 kilometers northeast of Regina.

“We have taken down tree branches. We have two trees broken. Nothing is too big other than a roof,” Brunt explained on Friday afternoon, as the wind and rain slowed.

He didn’t hear any news from neighboring RM, other than hearing about “lots and lots of water”.

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Environment Canada’s rain warning remained in place through Friday afternoon as a low pressure system moving north from North Dakota spread rain into southeastern Saskatchewan and western Manitoba. Widespread amounts of 30 to 60 mm were forecast, while Saskatchewan’s Water Safety Agency (WSA) said amounts of up to 90 mm could be achieved in some areas before returning to sunny skies.

The million dollar question for Hoffman is whether or not it will rain more over the weekend.

She said that yes, it might rain, but it would be “hit or miss rain instead of a steady band of rain today.” If it rains, it is likely to fall on Saturday, while Sunday and Monday are dry and slightly warm.

Hoffman encouraged people to keep an eye on the forecast and maintain situational awareness of the weather in areas experiencing high water levels.

No Matter Where You Were In The Queen City This Morning, Dealing With The Rain On Friday, May 13, 2022 Was Part Of Your Day.
No matter where you were in the Queen City this morning, dealing with the rain on Friday, May 13, 2022 was part of your day. Photo by Troy Fleiss ,Regina Leader-Post

The WSA said the heaviest accumulations were expected in the south-central regions of the province, where snowmelt runoff has been completed, particularly in the Poplar River Basin near Koronach, the eastern side of the Old Wives Lake Basin near Assinibia and Avonlea Creek. Feather.

The WSA warned areas east of Regina from the US border to Lake Jaan, where conditions have become wetter over the past month, especially with flood levels on Pipestone Creek, Antler River and tributaries within the lower Red Deer River. increase, potentially seeing flood levels. The basin near the Hudson Bay, including the fir and flowing rivers.

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After spring runoff the Assiniboine River is still seeing some high flows and significant rainfall may cause the river to spread resulting in localized flooding.

Grant Devine Lake was near full supply and a release from its dam was planned for Thursday. It was expected to remain in the downstream channel downstream on Moose Mountain Creek and the Sorris River.

In addition to safety warnings around fast-flowing water, the WSA also advised that if a spring storm caused a power outage to local municipal water systems, local drinking water advisories could be issued as needed.

A Rainfall Monitoring Map Provided Friday By The Water Safety Agency Of Saskatchewan.
A rainfall monitoring map provided Friday by the Water Safety Agency of Saskatchewan. photo by wsa

, With files from Creed Martel, Brandon Harder

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