Flood emergencies declared in 26 Sask. communities

More Saskatchewan communities are declaring flood emergencies, with people in Wolseley the latest to be sent scrambling by rising water.

More Saskatchewan communities are declaring flood emergencies, with people in Wolseley the latest to be sent scrambling by rising water.

Plea for aid

The Red Cross issued an urgent plea Wednesday for donations of cash to help people in Saskatchewan displaced by the recent wave of natural disasters.

The aid organization said almost 2,000 people have registered for flood relief in the province, mostly from the inundated southern region.

"They may have got out without their clothes or a toothbrush, that kind of thing, so Red Cross is helping out with that," said Candace Lamb, a staff member at the Red Cross's Saskatchewan office. "And then as the waters recede, Red Cross's role would become helping out as people are getting back into their homes and recovering, and seeing what they need."

The Red Cross said even the smallest donation can make a big difference.

Canadian Blood Services also appealed for help Wednesday. Flooding has shut down blood donor clinics in Weyburn and Estevan, so people in Regina are being asked to roll up their sleeves to make up the shortfall.

According to provincial officials, 26 communities had made local declarations as of Wednesday, up from 18 on Friday.

Following weeks of rain, hundreds of people in the southeast part of the province have been displaced from their homes — for a few days in some cases, but for longer in others.

In recent days, Weyburn, Yellow Grass, Radville and the Estevan area have all been hit by flash floods.

In Wolseley, a town of 780 about 100 kilometres east of Regina, at least 50 people were out of their homes Wednesday morning because of rising water.

Some basements are full of water and some bridges around the town are closed.

Carrie Churchman, who packed up her two children and went to her parents' farm, said there was water in her basement and all around her house.

"I hate it," she said. "I look at my house and … how did it happen?"

Churchman said she may not be able to move back in for a few days.

Officials said they've been monitoring water levels around Wolseley and, for now, no further evacuations will be necessary.