The Swift Current Creek is flowing quicker through the City this morning after the Saskatchewan Water Security Agency increased the water rate being released from the Duncairn Dam Reservoir.
Late Thursday night, the flow rate from Duncairn Dam was increased from 1,250 cubic feet per second to 1,750 cubic feet per second.
"This new flow rate will help speed up the process of clearing the creek channels of snow and ice, and increase storage potential in Duncairn Reservoir," noted Swift Current Fire Chief Denis Pilon.
City of Swift Current officials have been meeting with a number of agencies over the past few weeks in order to plan and monitor spring runoff levels. The City has also been developing action plans should the runoff result in flooding.
"We will continue to monitor creek flows and provide the public with updated information as we receive it. However, as daytime temperatures continue to increase, we encourage residents throughout the city to take precautionary actions in terms of clearing snow and trenching standing water away from the foundations of their homes and ensuring sump pumps are in good working condition. This will help minimize the effects of surface water runoff around homes," Pilon said.
City crews are continuing their work in addressing surface runoff on streets and lanes by helping ensure that catch basins are clear of ice and debris.
Swift Current residents are reminded that sandbags and sand are available, free of charge, at the City Service Centre (2074 South Service Rd. W.)