2013 Provincial Flood Response Update

Beginning today, the Ministry of Government Relations, in collaboration with various government ministries, agencies, Crown corporations and stakeholder groups, will issue a weekly update on key steps the province and its partners are taking to mitigate and alleviate potential flooding across the province.

The Water Security Agency (WSA)

  • WSA launched the 2013 Emergency Flood Damage Reduction Program which provides engineering and technical assistance to municipalities while sharing the cost of permanent and temporary flood prevention works.
  • WSA recently launched a mobile website which will provide better access to information on stream flows, lake levels, news and advisories.
  • WSA and the Ministry of Government Relations are hosting an open house on runoff and flood preparedness in Estevan on Wednesday, April 3 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Super 8 Motel, 134 2nd Avenue.
  • WSA will meet with Red Earth First Nation to discuss flood preparedness on April 8.
  • On March 27, outflows from Rafferty and Alameda reservoirs increased to 20 m3/s and 14 m3/s respectively.  A release from Boundary Reservoir was also initiated and increased to 6 m3/s.
  • WSA will release the April spring run-off forecast update during the week of April 8.

Emergency Management and Fire Safety (EMFS)

  • EMFS has deployed a cache of emergency equipment to the south of the province, strategically located near areas likely to be affected by flooding.
  • EMFS will continue to work with communities to improve their emergency preparedness, and encourages them to prepare to activate their emergency plans and emergency operations centres, should the need arise.
  • Rapid responder personnel are being increased to the same level as 2011.
  • Private citizens looking for assistance in preparing for flooding should contact their municipality or band office.

The Provincial Disaster Assistance Program (PDAP)

  • PDAP Response Teams are preparing to set up locations in severely impacted communities to assist claimants and local officials.
  • PDAP is currently in the midst of hiring additional staff to ensure needs are met across the province.

Information about flood preparedness and keeping yourself and your family safe can be found at www.gov.sk.ca/flood.  To access the WSA’s mobile site or for more information on the Water Security Agency’s programs visit, www.wsask.ca.