Alberta Environment reports that the South Saskatchewan River peaked in Medicine Hat at 1 a.m. Sunday morning at a flow rate of 2,980 m³/s. As of 8:30 a.m., the river was flowing at 2,901 m³/s. The peak is expected to last 24 hours.
The South Saskatchewan river banks continue to be a dangerous place to be. The public is asked to refrain from walking near the banks and visiting and low-lying flooded areas.
Environmental Utilities crews continue to work to repair the problem at the City’s IXL lift station. It is expected it might take up to three weeks to complete repairs.
Residents living in the areas served by the lift station, are encouraged to monitor their basements for sewage backup. Specifically, residents and business owners on Factory and Mill Streets are encouraged to check their properties for backup.
Sewer isolation valves in the Red and Yellow Zones can now be opened if there has not been a sewage backup. Diligent and continued monitoring is highly recommended. Close the valve at any sign of backup and contact the Environmental Utilities emergency line at 403-502-8042. While valves are closed, residents are reminded they should not use water in their homes (for showering, flushing toilets, etc.) because the water will not be able to drain away.
Here is some information on the sewer isolation valve. Written instructions here.
The Flood Information Line will continue to operate from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The number is 403-525-8600.
Over the next few days you can expect to see City crews out and about monitoring the situation and in some cases removing temporary mitigation measures.
The City has received questions about Echo Dale Regional Park. It is open for regular public use today from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.