Fizzled flood outlook

The National Weather Service issued its latest Flood Potential Outlook for the Souris River basin Thursday. As expected, it says there is almost no chance of flooding along the Souris this spring. The only exception to low flows, says the outlook, is if heavy rains would occur in the watershed.

“Without much rain on the melt, the rivers have largely been well behaved,” reads the outlook. “Since the snowpack is largely gone, flood concerns for the Souris River basin are generally below normal to well below normal over the coming months.”

In recognition of a very tame runoff, the outlook adds that “it looks to have been a quiet spring flood season.” Like Lake Darling northwest of Minot, Rafferty Reservoir at Estevan, Saskatchewan and Grant Devine at Oxbow, Sask. are still capturing what runoff is available in an attempt to reach summer operating levels.

– Kim Fundingsland