Qu'Appelle Lakes nearing record water levels
Extreme water levels at Crooked Lake cause major damage to cabins
Flood waters are going down in most parts of the province, but the worst is yet to come in areas downstream of the first-hit areas.
Lakes in the Qu'Appelle Valley are still expected to reach record highs in the coming days. It is the only area in the province where water levels continue to rise.
Rain waters are pouring in to Crooked Lake where water has already surpassed levels reached during the 2011 floods. Those floods caused significant damage to the communities in the area.
Crooked Lake is currently sitting at 454.34 metres above sea level. Flood forecasters are anticipating it could surpass the record peak of 454.4 metres set in 1955 by this weekend.
Cabin owners along the lake, including Trevor Baddam, are devastated as waters have already overwhelmed their properties.
"I just gave up half way through the day. I said, this is done here. There is nothing more I can do, so I am going to go help someone else," said Baddam.
Near Baddam's cabin along the lake, there are about a dozen homes under several feet of water.
Some people have climbed into canoes to help their neighbours.
"There is nothing you can do. You can't clean up until the water goes down. It's a mess," said Toby Sillers, who was paddling through the flood waters in her canoe.
The province's Water Security Agency and government relations staff are on site offering assistance to people. Today they were out sand-bagging the area.
Cabin owners can't begin to clean up until the water drains and that is not expected for a few days.
"Now it will be the summer of cleanup. That's what we will be doing all summer," said Baddam.
At nearby Round Lake, cabin owners are also sand-bagging the area. It is also predicted to surpass water level records set in 1955 as soon as Sunday.
People and municipalities across the province have already begun to apply for the Provincial Disaster Assistance Program.
Unfortunately, for many cabin owners, they don't qualify because the assistance program only covers primary homes.