Majority of Roche Percee homes to be demolished
Renovations are underway in the southeastern Saskatchewan village of Roche Percee following this summer's devastating flood, but more than half the homes in the community cannot be saved.
In June, floodwaters from the swollen Souris River decimated the picturesque village of 200 people.
Although most of the water has receded, evidence of the flood is all around.
Ground in the lowest point of the community is still full of puddles and mud. Piles of garbage and debris are stacked up outside destroyed homes, some of which are full of mould.
'For sale' signs sit in front of many properties.
Thirty-eight homes out of the 64 homes in the village were flooded. Of those, 35 will have to be torn down.
"I'm the only one that's going to be living here this winter," said Daniel King, who owns one of the three houses that can be fixed.
"Of all the houses on this street one or maybe two and a couple garages have been saved the rest are waiting for demolition."
The family of seven (King, his wife, and their five children) have been staying with his parents in Estevan while working to repair their home in time for the winter. They plan to move in Monday.
"There is no words to explain the feeling of getting back in your home after living fairly uncomfortably for four months."
Once he moves in, though, King's worries aren't over.
There is talk of turning the lowest point of the village — where King's house is — into a campground, and not rebuilding the berms that protected the village from so many floods in the past.
Mayor Reg Jahn says there are plans to rebuild the destroyed homes on higher ground.
King said if that happens, he will pick his house up and move it to the new neighbourhood.
The other question yet to be answered is who will be moving back to Roche Percee. Many of the people who lost their homes said they weren't coming back, even if they can move to higher ground.