03/27/2013 01:46 EDT | Updated 05/27/2013 05:12 EDT

Saskatchewan government forms special flood preparedness committee ahead of melt

REGINA - Four Saskatchewan cabinet ministers are going to oversee the province's preparations for and response to any spring flooding.

Government Relations Minister Jim Reiter (RYE'-tuhr), who is also responsible for the disaster assistance program, will chair the committee.

Reiter says preparations to deal with the spring melt and potential flooding problems are well underway.

The Ministry of Highways already has emergency flood trailers, signs, barricades and other equipment on standby.

The Water Security Agency also announced that it is releasing more water from the Boundary, Rafferty and Alameda reservoirs to make more space for spring runoff.

The agency has warned of above-normal or well-above-normal spring runoff in almost all of the southern half of the province and very high runoff in areas between Indian Head and Moose Jaw and between Saskatoon and Prince Albert.