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The La Ronge Dam was moved from a hazardous condition to a potential dam failure classification Wednesday as water levels continue to rise in the Churchill River Basin, according to Saskatchewan’s Water Security Agency.
Water levels will exceed the forecasted peak in Lac La Ronge and residents should be prepared in case of flooding, analysts say. The Saskatchewan Water Safety Agency points to a higher flood risk in northeast Saskatchewan.
With more rain on its way, water levels in northern Saskatchewan could hit record highs. High river and lake waters will be a concern for the rest of summer, and in some cases — such as the mainstem of the Churchill River — into the fall and winter, analysts say.
Saskatchewan NDP Leader Ryan Meili slammed the government’s pandemic plan Monday saying the provincial health authority is withholding the location of those testing positive for COVID-19. The Saskatchewan health ministry cites privacy concerns. Premier Scott Moe called the spike in cases "concerning" and the government is resuming weekend briefings.