Flooded Roche Percee ponders its future
A Saskatchewan village has turned into a virtual ghost town.
A June 19 flood on the Souris River destroyed more than half the homes in the community of Roche Percee.
Homeowner Jarrod Tedford said his place will have to be torn down. "It's been really busy and heartbreaking," he said of the aftermath of the flood.
For the past month Tedford, his wife and their two young children have been living in a trailer. The couple welcomed a baby girl just one week before the flood.
"The other thing is she never got to sleep in her new room that we set up so that's been difficult and hard to swallow," he said.
Mayor Reg Jahn said the floodwaters decimated the picturesque village of 200 people.
"Sixty per cent of the total houses in the village will probably have to be destroyed," said Jahn, adding he is uncertain about the future of the community.
He said Roche Percee is a great place to live and hopes his neighbours agree - and rebuild.