Regina bracing for extra water volumes
Regina is expecting up to five times the normal amount of water to flow through the city this spring as melting snow makes its way to Wascana Lake and Wascana Creek.
"The city has small dams, called weirs, in Wascana Lake and Wascana Creek that are used to keep water from draining out during the year," the city explained in a news release. "The City will remove two of these weirs ... to help get water and ice moving quickly through Regina."
As well, the city was planning to break up ice on the lake and creek, in an effort to ensure the water moves out of the city.
"The city anticipates that water will cover some flood plain areas adjacent to the creek," the release noted, adding that sandbags are being prepared to protect low-lying areas.
Temporary pumping machinery is also available to be used as needed to direct water away from property.
The city is also coping with isolated cases where melting snow has flooded some streets where catch basins were clogged with ice.
City officials said they tried to make sure the storm water system would take the melting snow, but it can be a challenge.
"There are a couple places, like this one, that may have got missed," Jay O'Connor, a city official said Wednesday. "Or some places where we've actually cleaned it, but with the additional snow and blowing snow, it's filled them back in again."
One resident in the area told CBC News that the city was notified about need for catch-basin work about two weeks ago, and nothing was done.
"If the city would have been out here a week ago, where it could have drained slowly just to ease the pressure as opposed to flooding it's banks, I don't think we'd be in this position today," Terry Yuhasz said.