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Cumberland House is located close to the Manitoba border, about 70 kilometres west of The Pas, Man. (CBC)

The flood threat is easing in parts of Saskatchewan, but the water is still rising near Cumberland House in the northeast.

The only highway that runs to Cumberland House — Highway 123 — was closed Wednesday, with water running across it in two places about 44 kilometres west of town.

The community of about 800 people is facing rising flood waters from the Saskatchewan River running into Cumberland Lake.

The water is rising about eight centimetres a day and is expected to reach its peak early next week.

Safety officials said the town has berms in place and is well prepared. A helicopter is standing by to take people out if there is a medical emergency.

Around the rest of the province, there's both good news and bad for people who've been battling floods in recent weeks:

  • Wolseley, off the Trans-Canada Highway that was flooded last week, has been added to the list of communities under a flood emergency.
  • Last Mountain Lake is still rising, with a peak expected next week. It could end up 10 centimetres higher than it was during the spring melt, provincial officials said.
  • In the Lampman area, near Estevan, many farms have been hard-hit by the flood and are cut off from the roads.
  • Levels on the Souris River, which has been the source of much flood misery in the southeast, continue to drop.
  • Beaches are still inaccessible due to flooding on Echo, Pasqua, Crooked and Katepwa lakes.