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Lower flood levels expected in Medicine Hat

By The Canadian Press

The city of Medicine Hat says it doesn't think people will need to leave their homes because levels on the South Saskatchewan River won't rise as much as initially feared.

New projections from Alberta Environment show a peak river flow by Saturday morning of 2,400 cubic metres per second — less than half of what was predicted earlier this week.

The city says it will still have to work to shore up areas that could be affected even with the lower forecast.

There were fears Medicine Hat could see flooding similar to a year ago when about 1,000 homes were hit by high water and 10,000 residents were forced to head for higher ground.

Medicine Hat is one of several communities under flood threat in southern Alberta, including the town of Claresholm.

Overland flooding in the town of 3,800, about 130 kilometres south of Calgary, affected about 40 homes and some sewers were starting to back up.

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