Spring Melt Q & A
In Regina, the annual spring melt has two parts although weather conditions have significant impact. First local snow melts, causing runoff throughout the city. Approximately two weeks later, melt water from east of Regina flows through the city and causes water levels in Wascana Lake and Wascana Creek to rise.
If necessary, the City’s spring melt action plans include:
- Clearing curbside drains (catch basins)
- Ice breakup at Wascana Creek crossings
- Temporary pumping
- Temporary diking
Residents can help by making sure their neighbourhood catch basin is clear and draining properly.
During the annual spring melt there will be fast flowing water and undertows. Residents are reminded to stay safe and to keep their children away from storm channels, Wascana Lake and Wascana Creek.
Part 1 – Residential runoff
Q: What is the City’s plan for spring runoff?
- The City’s plan includes clearing ice/snow from curbside drains, or catch basins, clearing drainage ditches and opening frozen drains.
- Snow removal has been done to create drainage paths in areas that historically have had spring melt drainage challenges.
- Gradually sloped grassed permanent berms have been installed in several parks (i.e. Les Sherman, Rotary Park) to protect these areas. These were previously areas that required sandbag berms to be built to ward off creek flooding.
- If necessary, temporary pumping services are provided if localized ponding causes safety and/or property damage issues.
Q: When does the City anticipate residential runoff to occur?
A: Typically the city snow melts by the end of March or early April.
Q: Will there be traffic restrictions or closures?
A: There could be temporary restrictions at various road locations where catch basins are not taking water. The City will steam or jet the catch basin to get the water moving. Residents can ensure the City of Regina is aware of problem locations by calling 306-777-7000.
Part 2 – Wascana Creek
Q: How serious is the anticipated flow event?
A: Wascana Creek could overflow into low-lying flood plain areas adjacent to the creek. Saskatchewan Watershed Authority predicts near normal run off for the Regina area. We do not anticipate above normal flows in the creek.
Q: Are there safety concerns?
A: Yes, residents are reminded to stay away from storm channels, Wascana Lake and Wascana Creek. While thin ice is always a potential hazard, during the runoff event there will be fast flowing water with undertows.