Regina flood waters expected to recede
Parts of Regina's Wascana Park remain a waterlogged wasteland, but the worst of the spring flooding may be over, the province says.
Wascana Lake is near its peak elevation and starting to decline slowly, the Saskatchewan Watershed Authority said Wednesday.
As well, the volume of water from Wascana Creek that's flowing into the lake is starting to slow down, officials said in their daily flood briefing.
Still, it will be some time before people will have full access to the city's largest park.
Pedestrian bridges at Albert Street and Broad Street remained swamped Wednesday morning, and some of the walking paths were under more than 30 centimetres of water.
On the west side of Albert Street, there was widespread flooding in Rotary Park and Les Sherman Park, with some park benches completely submerged.
The good news, according to the watershed authority, is that runoff from melting snow is well advanced across most parts of southern Saskatchewan and flows have passed their peaks across much of the area.
The bad news is, the flood situation remains a concern in the Missouri Watershed south of Cypress Hills, where runoff is increasing, and the Qu’Appelle lakes, where flooding has resulting in several communities declaring emergencies.
The levels of Pasqua and Echo lakes are higher than they've been in decades.
Meanwhile, Last Mountain Lake continues to rise and by May could be another 42 centimetres higher than it is right now, the watershed authority says.