Officials in North Battleford say the surging North Saskatchewan River did not breach the barrier surrounding one of its water treatment plants.

The city was worried that the rising river would flood Water Treatment Plant No. 1, and so officials shut the plant down, ordered an immediate outdoor watering ban and went to work building a barricade to keep flood waters out.

The city believes that the North Saskatchewan River peaked in North Battleford Wednesday evening, and said that the floodwaters touched but did not breach the protective barricade.

Water Treatment Plant No. 1 remains shut down, however, as a precautionary measure and so the outdoor watering ban remains in effect.

The city is also asking people to stay away from the swift moving river, and other flooded areas in the Battlefords River valley.