Fields flooded 3 years in a row near Prince Albert
Farmers and ranchers north of Prince Albert, Sask., say they haven't been able to use large parts of their land for the past three years, due to flooding.
"It's frustrating," Stan Skibicki told CBC News. "No wonder I'm getting more white hair."
Skibicki is helping his sons farm, in the Rural Municipality of Buckland north of Prince Albert.
This year about one-third of their land is under water.
Skibicki says they need hot, windy weather — and soon — to get onto fields for seeding this year.
Normally, he says, they can start work on the season's crop by about mid-May. Now they are hoping for the end of May.
Ranchers in the RM are also finding pasture land under water.
Kevin McKenna says because of flooding his herd of cattle isn't as large as it used to be.
"It's actually going on three years now, we've been losing a lot of land," he said. "From my 45 head of cattle I used to keep, I'm down to 20. That's all the pasture will hold now."
The reeve of the RM, Don Fyrk, says they have been looking at ways to deal with local flooding, but moving water is tricky.
"You can't divert that water or impede its flow or block any natural channels or send it over to somebody else's property and cause them problems, that's against the law," Fyrk explained.
He said the best thing for the area would be a spell of hot, dry weather.
With files from CBC's Ryan Pilon