Heavy rain causing localized flooding, caution advised
Saskatoon has experienced heavy rain today with the east side of the city seeing the heaviest rain accumulations so far.
Fire and water/sewer crews are responding to several calls related to flooding. Drivers are asked to immediately avoid Circle Drive between College Drive and Taylor Street and between Preston Avenue S and McEown Avenue on Louise Street. Barricades are now in place in these areas.
Residents are advised to avoid driving in these areas if possible and not to enter areas that have experienced localized flooding. Anyone encountering flooding on a street should take an alternate route, as deep water can damage a vehicle and cause it to stall. Please report emergencies such as stranded vehicles, missing manholes and street or underpass flooding to the 24 Hour Customer Service Centre at 306-975-2476.
To reduce the risk of damage to property, residents should ensure downspouts disperse water at least two metres (six feet) away from the home foundation.
Detours are in place for Saskatoon Transit routes 6, 19 and 83 - please check transit service alerts for the latest details.
Environment Canada is predicting the potential for more rain in the forecast this week.
For information about possible disruptions to City services due to potential heavy rain, including leisure services, detours, and closures, citizens are encouraged to monitor Service Alerts at saskatoon.ca or on Twitter follow @yxeservicealert.