04/08/2014 02:48 EDT | Updated 06/08/2014 05:59 EDT

Flood threat receding in parts of Saskatchewan: Water Security Agency

REGINA - The overall threat of flooding from spring runoff in Saskatchewan is receding.

The Water Security Agency says in its April spring runoff forecast that water levels could still be well above normal in the Prince Albert area and above normal in pockets around Lloydminster and Rosetown.

Earlier forecasts said a band stretching across the entire central part of the province faced a threat of above-normal water levels.

"The challenge we are going to be facing is the local streams and water bodies," Environment Minister Ken Cheveldayoff said Tuesday.

"In the Saskatchewan River system, the snow pack conditions are generally above normal, especially in the Prince Albert region where runoff is expected to be well above normal."

John Fahlman, the Water Security Agency's director of hydrology, said a drier than usual March helped.

"That's alleviated some of the concerns that we might have had before, but it's still the fall precipitation and the total snowfall that matters. But, that said, a dry March doesn't hurt anything."

The agency said some areas, such as the southwest part of the province, have already experienced spring runoff without any problems.

Cheveldayoff said there shouldn't be any major flooding if the province gets the normal amount of rainfall in May and June.