Saskatoon river

(CBC)

Alberta flood water has the river running higher and faster through Saskatoon, and that has prompted a warning from city hall to be careful on or near the water.

The city confirms this morning that the South Saskatchewan River is expected to rise by 1.5 metres.

The river level through the city is going up because officials are taking proactive steps to make more room for flood waters headed to Lake Diefenbaker from Alberta.  They are doing that by releasing more water into the river through the Gardiner Dam.  

Saskatoon has seen levels this high already this spring, and no flooding is expected.

The public boat launch will also remain open.

City hall, however, is reminding people to be very careful on, or near the river.

The rain, meanwhile, hasn't been as heavy as expected in Alberta. Rainfall warnings are in effect in the southwest in that province today.

But now Medicine Hat doesn't expect evacuations, and they are no longer as worried about flooding in Lethbridge.