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Sandbags keep water at bay in Borden, Sask.

Frantic efforts to divert water around village of Borden, Saskatchewan are paying off.

Cool weather and community combine to keep village afloat

An abandoned truck in a flooded field tells the story as people in Borden, Sask. fight back floodwaters. (Dan Zakreski/CBC)

Pumps and people kept the floodwaters largely at bay in the village of Borden, northwest of Saskatoon overnight.

Mayor Dave Buckingham said the timely arrival of eight pumps late Tuesday helped bleed off water from the creek rising through the tiny community.

"We're trying to do what we can," he said, adding, "we've had unbelievable support."

Buckingham said about six houses were damaged but that there were no major breaches to the sandbag walls ringing the village.

He said the vast expanse of standing water on the south side of Highway 16 – which is about three metres higher than the village – is successfully draining.

People living in the village, and volunteers coming to help, have filled and stacked more than 11,000 sandbags in the past 48 hours.