Floods likely in Saskatchewan

Thu Jan 27, 2011 2:15pm EST
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WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) - Canada's top crop-growing province of Saskatchewan will likely see spring flooding under normal or unfavorable weather conditions, an agency of the provincial government said on Thursday.

Excessive summer and autumn rain in southern and eastern Saskatchewan left the ground saturated, and snowfall has been average so far this winter, the Saskatchewan Watershed Authority said in a release.

Flooding in those areas is likely under average weather conditions and would become worse if there is more precipitation than normal or snow melts quickly, the authority said.

Saskatchewan is Canada's leading provincial producer of wheat, canola and oats. Last year, millions of acres went unplanted due to excessive moisture.

(Reporting by Rod Nickel)