Localized flooding possible as three day rain moves into Southern Sask

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Grasslands National Park and nearby communities could receive five centimeters of rain by Sunday morning

Water Security Agency advises of potential for localized flooding

Saskatchewan's Water Security Agency is advising of the potential of localized flooding this weekend with rain forecast to fall over much of the southern portion of the province.

The Water Security Agency highlights that the region currently expected to receive the most amount of rainfall over the weekend stretches from Val Marie, Assiniboia, Regina all the way to Estevan. The potential exists for rainfall amounts of five to eight centimetres between Friday night and Monday morning, with the majority of the rain falling on Saturday and Sunday. It is this potential for having significant concentrations of rainfall during the story that could result in localized flooding.

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for the Shaunavon - Maple Creek - Val Marie and Cypress Hills forecast region, noting up to five centimeters of rain is possible on Saturday and unto Sunday morning. The statment also covers the Assiniboia - Gravelbourg - Coronach forecast region.

"Rain from a disturbance in Montana is expected to spread into Southern Saskatchewan on Saturday. The buik of the rain is expectd to fall in Montana, however some areas of Southern Saskatchewan, notably Grasslands National Park and the nearby communities, could see up to 50 millimeters of rain by Sunday morning," the weather statement advises.

Both Val Marie's and Maple Creek's forecast from Environment Canada is calling for the potential of a centimetre of rain before showers end this evening, while on Saturday they could receive between one and two centimetres of rain.

Swift Current is forecast to receive up to a centimetre of rain today, as much as 1.5 centimetres of rain on Saturday, along with a 60 per cent chance of showers on Sunday.

However, the Southwest and South Central portions of the province may avoid the potential flooding problems which could result in the South East, where above normal water levels still exist following flooding back in July.

Organizations: Water Security Agency, Environment Canada

Geographic location: Val Marie, Southern Sask., Saskatchewan Assiniboia Estevan Maple Creek South East

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