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10th Saskatchewan community declares flood emergency; Regina residents told to prepare

REGINA - A tenth Saskatchewan community has declared a flood emergency and the city of Regina has told residents to be prepared for rising water levels.

The Muscowpetung (muss-KOH'-peat-ing) First Nation in Fort Qu'Appelle, east of Regina, is the latest addition to the emergency list.

Communities across southern Saskatchewan are bracing for water as snow cover melts with warmer temperatures this weekend.

Regina city officials have sent letters to 340 homes advising residents to be ready for an evacuation by packing a kit with medication and cash and by moving valuables to higher floors.

But the city also says the potential for Wascana Creek to flood homes is extremely small.

The city has put sandbags and other water barriers along some sections of the creek, which runs through the capital.

A bridge on the western edge of Regina was closed Friday due to rising water levels on the creek.

Wascana Lake on the legislature grounds is expected to rise just over a metre starting this weekend and to peak early next week.

Flooding has already led to the evacuation of the young offender Dojack Youth Centre in Regina because of concerns about a creek bridge leading to the facility.

The Water Security Agency has said the entire southern half of the province will see runoff levels above or well-above normal.

Runoff is expected to be very high and flooding is likely to occur from Moose Jaw to Indian Head, including Regina, and south past Weyburn to near the United States border. Saskatoon, Prince Albert and North Battleford are in the red zone as well.

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