The Trans-Canada Highway, a major transportation link for Saskatchewan, was closed to light vehicles east of Regina Tuesday night due to flooding — a condition that has struck dozens of routes in the province in the last 24 hours.
As the spring melt continues, water is flowing over a number of highways around Saskatchewan.
In addition to the closure near Regina, the eastbound lanes of the Trans-Canada Highway were also under some water in the Indian Head area further east, and motorists were being directed through a stretch of the road there. The highway was also affected by water three kilometres east of Grenfell and in the Broadview area.
Several stretches of less-traveled highways were closed due to the water, including:
- Highway 350 north of the U.S. border
- Highway 48 from west of Kennedy to Kipling
- Sections of Highway 31 near Kindersley
- In the Moose Jaw area, Highway 363 between Shamrock and Hodgeville, and
- Highway 15 north of Regina, between its junctions with Highway 6 and Highway 20.
- Hwy 123, 5 kilometres north of EB Campbell Dam, in the Tisdale area.
All intersecting roads are under water along that stretch of Highway 15 and there were no detours available, the Highways Ministry said.
In the Saskatoon area, the Wakaw Lake access road was closed and barricades were in place.