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Flooding in Saskatoon

That flood water from Calgary has to go somewhere and it’s headed toward Saskatoon.  Here is the press release.

The City of Saskatoon is taking precautionary measures, based on the potential rise in Lake Diefenbaker and the South Saskatchewan River, resulting from the heavy rainfall in Alberta.

Today, the Water Security Agency advised the public that record inflows from Alberta will cause flooding along the South Saskatchewan River. In anticipation of these record flows, the Water Security Agency is proactively increasing outflows from Lake Diefenbaker to try and mitigate the impact of this event.

The City of Saskatoon Emergency Measures Organization is communicating closely with the Saskatchewan Water Security Agency and Emergency Management Fire Safety (EMFS) to monitor the situation, make necessary adjustments, and keep citizens well informed as new information is received.

As a result of the information received from the Water Security Agency, the City of Saskatoon is taking precautionary measures, particularly for low lying areas around the South Saskatchewan riverbank.

For the safety of our residents, the City will be restricting access, with barricades, to lower lying roads and parts of the Meewasin Valley Trail where flooding may occur. Beginning at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, 2013, the following locations will be closed until further notice.

Since some of you have asked, most of Saskatoon is well above river levels and where it does spill it’s banks (Spadina Cres below River Heights) there is nothing around to damage.  It does upset the geese however and that is never a good thing.

In case you are curious, here is a great photo set of the last time the South Saskatchewan River was really high.  There were kayakers on the weir.

Ironic

So I got back from helping Maple Creek recover from their recent flood and last night we had our basement get flooded out after our own storm of the century.  Here is the PSA from the City of Saskatoon.

Saskatoon storm of 2010 Overnight, Saskatoon received approximately 80mm (almost 3 inches) of rain in three hours. In some areas, it was more than 100mm (over 4 inches).

At this time, the initial assessment indicates that numerous locations throughout the city have experienced surface flooding.  As of 6:00 a.m., the City had received 50-60 reports of flooding on streets and homes.  Crews are responding to those flooded streets.

Storm water ponds on the west side filled past capacity.  The new sewage storage superpipes were filled to capacity and then overflowed through manholes to the surface with the pressure.  Combined these storage tanks have a capacity of 3.5 million liters of sewage.  The system worked as it was intended, but was overwhelmed by the intensity of the rain.

Numerous power outages occurred as a result of the storm as well, but power has been restored to those neighborhoods.  Saskatoon Fire & Protective Services responded to 45 storm-related calls, such as downed trees and power lines, cars stuck in flooded intersections, and alarm systems going off.

If your street remains flooded, or if you experienced sewage backup, call the City of Saskatoon at 975-2476. While the City is tracking what areas flooded, you will also need to call your insurance company to report a claim if your basement flooded.

As I was bailing water away from the house at 3:30 a.m. and hoping I would not be struck my lightning or a falling tree, I would guess we got close to the 4 inches of rain that the airport got.  Of course this was on top of the record amount of rain that Saskatoon has already gotten this spring.  From April 12 to June 28 we had 285mm of rain – or close to three times the normal amount.

Our basement wall actually sprung a leak which flowed like a fountain into our basement for a while.  A look at the hole this morning showed some weakened cement in a small area which will need to be patched with hydraulic cement and I think I am going to get a sump pump installed.  We had several inches of water in the basement last night but we have most of that soaked up and being dried out by fans now.