Solution found for Highway 2 flooding

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Water is expected to be clear of Highway 2 north of Prince Albert within about 10 days, if everything goes to plan.

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Water is expected to be clear of Highway 2 north of Prince Albert within about 10 days, if everything goes to plan.

The RM of Buckland’s quick action has been key to the anticipated clearing of floodwater, which began spilling over the highway about a week ago, said Ken Cheveldayoff, the minister responsible for the Saskatchewan Water Security Agency.

“We’re very pleased with the work that the RM of Buckland has done and the leadership of Reeve Don Fyrk,” Cheveldayoff said. “He’s been showing great leadership, as well, so he’s been a tremendous ally to work with.”

The RM of Buckland tapped into provincial flood mitigation funding by declaring a state of emergency last week, Cheveldayoff said, noting that municipality staff is currently working on digging a channel that will drain floodwater into Little Red River.

Although greater than usual flow along Little Red River has been enough to devastate its namesake park, which remains closed, the added floodwater isn’t expected to cause any additional harm, Water Security Agency spokesperson Patrick Boyle said.

“This water equates for just under one cubic metre per second (of flow),” he clarified.

By comparison, Little Red River’s peak flow this year was measured at between 25 and 30 cubic metres per second. Currently, it’s flowing at its average for this time of year, at about 10 cubic metres per second.

We’re very pleased with the work that the RM of Buckland has done and the leadership of Reeve Don Fyrk. He’s been showing great leadership, as well, so he’s been a tremendous ally to work with. Ken Cheveldayoff, the minister responsible for the Saskatchewan Water Security Agency

The resolve to the flood situation on Highway 2 about 11 kilometres north of Prince Albert is expected to be a lot quicker than the situation south of the city, which saw a stretch of the highway leading to the Village of St. Louis close due to flooding for about two months.

“Each situation is different,” Cheveldayoff noted. “What we had to look at was the engineering studies and the best possible solution to it -- two very different situations, but we’re very pleased that we have a solution, here.”

Unlike the situation to the south, where homes downstream of MacFarlane Creek risked flooding if flows were increased too quickly, there are no negative implications to the construction of a channel to resolve the northern flood situation, Cheveldayoff said.

In addition to the channel, the municipality installed a larger culvert on Monday, with flows expecting to begin by Wednesday.

This is expected to be a temporary solution to the problem, a province-issued press release reads, although the municipality has hired consulting firm AMEC to figure out a longer-term solution.

Until further notice, Highway 2 remains closed to lighter passenger vehicles, such as cars and pickups, about 11 kilometres north of Prince Albert.

Lighter vehicles are being detoured using Pulp Haul Road, located east down Highway 55. 

Organizations: Saskatchewan Water Security Agency, AMEC

Geographic location: Little Red River, Village of St. Louis, MacFarlane Creek Pulp Haul Road

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