A long weekend ahead for Saskatchewan flood watchers
People across Saskatchewan are still dealing with flooding issues heading into the Canada Day long weekend.
Provincial officials have sent crews to the Rural Municipality of Buckland, north of Prince Albert, where residents are struggling due to high river levels and heavy rain. Some properties have been inundated with water.
The province is also looking at how to improve road access in the RM of Kinistino and the James Smith Cree Nation.
The North Saskatchewan River is expected to peak in Prince Albert on Saturday. Forty-seven people who live near the river have been told they may have to evacuate.
Cumberland House evacuees will get to take part in Canada Day festivities this weekend as activities have been planned for people staying in Prince Albert and Saskatoon.
The community, in Saskatchewan's north, was evacuated starting six days ago ahead of expected flooding.
Cumberland House sits on an island between the Saskatchewan River and Cumberland Lake. Water levels on the lake are expected to be about three metres higher than usual.
The peak level is likely to hit the lake between July 11 and 16, officials said Friday.
About 2,200 people who left the area will be allowed back in once the main access road is safe to travel.
Around 100 Cumberland House residents, contractors and provincial officials have stayed behind to protect infrastructure.