Flood woes continue in Saskatchewan
Farmers and cottagers are still feeling the effects of flooding in Saskatchewan as rising waters continue to cause damage or threaten property.
Bob Bjornerud, Saskatchewan's minister of agriculture, said Tuesday that his own Yorkton-area farming operation is partially under water, in part because of the weekend snowstorm.
"It's lapping up against two walls here," Bjornerud said about the condition of one of his buildings. "We would have sandbagged, but it come up so quick since yesterday."
He added that farmers across the district are concerned about saturated fields and pools of runoff water, with spring seeding just weeks or days away from starting in earnest.
"We got a foot and a half of that snow in that storm the other night," he said. "It was just full of water. And as it melts now, you know the system just can't take it so it's backing up everywhere."
Wind was the concern, again, for people at Katepwa Lake east of Regina. Strong winds on the weekend pushed waves through some protective berms.
Since then, the community has been fortifying berms to avoid a repeat.
"We're hopeful that our wall could withhold it," Brenda Arnold, a cabin owner on Sandy Beach Point, said Tuesday. "I'm not sure scared is the right word. We're just so hopeful that it holds because we've worked so very, very hard."
Almost 50 homes and cottages on Sandy Beach Point are currently protected by a wall of sandbags.
Officials say wind on the lake can produce damaging wave action.
"It's the force of that wave and that action, and once it hits that berm it bounces up and then hits it again and that starts to wear down," Warren Bobbee, the emergency planning coordinator in Katepwa, said.
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