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Floodwaters surround the hospital in Canmore, Alta. Friday. That water will cause higher water levels in the Saskatchewan River.

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Floodwaters surround the hospital in Canmore, Alta. Friday. That water will cause higher water levels in the Saskatchewan River.

Floodwaters moving east from Alberta and Saskatchewan are expected to cause high water levels in the Saskatchewan River in The Pas region, the province warned late Friday.

The Department of Infrastructure and Transportation’s Hydrologic Forecast Centre says in a news release that water levels in The Pas area are forecast to approach 2011 levels.

"The South Saskatchewan River flows through Alberta and Saskatchewan and is receiving floodwater from tributaries in southern Alberta," the release said.

"These waters move east and eventually flow into Manitoba via the Saskatchewan River through the expansive Cumberland Marsh, which straddles the Saskatchewan-Manitoba border and then to The Pas and finally into Lake Winnipeg.

"The Hydrologic Forecast Centre will monitor the river conditions and provide updated forecasts for the Saskatchewan River."

The province is working with the Opaskwayak Cree Nation and The Pas as it monitors the situation.

The flood crest is expected to reach The Pas in 10 to 14 days, depending on Tobin Reservoir operations, the news release said.

"The Ralls Island dike in The Pas will handle projected levels as it was elevated to withstand floods greater than the 2011 flood."

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