Water Security Agency says central Saskatchewan facing high spring runoff

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REGINA - Water watchers in Saskatchewan say the overall threat of flooding from spring runoff is lower than last year, but the Prince Albert area could still see significant challenges.

The Water Security Agency says runoff could be well above normal from Prince Albert to Waskesiu Lake.

A band stretching across the entire central part of the province — including Saskatoon, North Battleford, Nipawin and La Ronge — also faces a threat of above-normal water levels.

Environment Minister Ken Cheveldayoff (CHEV'-uhl-DAY'-off) says the area has poor natural drainage and is a closed basin so the water has nowhere to go.

However, Cheveldayoff says the potential for runoff can change quickly.

It's based on moisture conditions from the fall, snow accumulation, how fast the snow melts and how much rain might fall during the runoff.

Organizations: Water Security Agency, Prince Albert

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Waskesiu Lake, Saskatoon North Battleford La Ronge

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