The Estevan Fire and Rescue Service and the Estevan RCMP are warning people to stay away from the Souris River Basin area.
With the spring run-off forecasted to be at near-normal conditions, preparations have begun for the expected rise in water levels. The Saskatchewan Water Security Agency has increased the flow out of the Rafferty Reservoir in an effort to ensure the impact of spring run-off will be manageable.
Although the release of water is small, at seven cubic metres per second as of March 14, it will result in water levels changing, and the flow of the water will make the ice unpredictable and dangerous.In addition, the recent warmer temperatures and spring melt are combining to make the water bodies unstable and unsafe. Spring ice, while it may appear solid, loses its strength and can give way to a person walking or driving on it.
The RCMP reminds people that safety is everyone's responsibility. Parents are encouraged to teach their children the dangers of playing around waterways at this time of year. Take proper care, and when possible, avoid ice-covered and open bodies of water.