Rising Water Levels Threaten Road To Sandy Bay

Wednesday, August 24, 2005 at 13:59



Saskatchewan Watershed Authority officials are keeping a close eye on the rising water situation in Sandy Bay.


Earlier this week, the authority upgraded its high streamflow advisory for the Churchill and Reindeer River basins to a flood warning because of recent heavy rainfall.


Record high flows are expected on the lower portions of the Churchill River basin, and that’s putting pressure on the Island Falls dam near Sandy Bay.


Authority spokesman Doug Johnson says crews are trying to ensure the only road into the community isn’t affected by flooding.


Johnson also says the high flow is threatening the intake pump at the water treatment plant in Sandy Bay, but there’s still a good chance it won’t be affected.


Water levels in the region are expected to rise another two to three feet by next week, but Johnson says that forecast might have to be revised depending on the amount of rain that falls today and tomorrow.