Saskatchewan

Emergencies declared at 15 Sask. communities

There are now 15 Saskatchewan communities that have declared local emergencies, but the overall flood situation might not turn out as bad as originally thought, officials say.
Cabin owners around Katepwa Lake have been busy piling sandbags in recent days. (Dani Mario/CBC)
There are now 15 Saskatchewan communities that have declared local emergencies — but the overall flood situation might not turn out as bad as originally thought, officials say.

Among the latest communities that have declared flood emergencies is Red Earth First Nation, east of Nipawin, where some 400 people were evacuated from their homes in recent days after the Carrot River overflowed.

The residents have been moved to higher ground on the reserve, while others have gone to Saskatoon, Nipawin, or Prince Albert. 

LOCAL STATES OF EMERGENCY

  • Radville, rural municpality.
  • Laurier, rural municiaplity
  • Elfros, rural municipality,
  • Estevan, rural municipality
  • Abernethy, village
  • Cowessess, First Nation
  • Lumsden, town
  • Lumsden, rural municipality
  • Killaly, village
  • Grayson, village
  • B-Say-Tah, resort village
  • Bird's Point, resort village
  • Sakimay, First Nation
  • Red Earth, First Nation
  • Katepwa Lake, cabin area

John Fahlman, a spokesman for the Saskatchewan Watershed Authority, said although many areas around the province are experiencing some flooding, the worst-case scenario of a rapid melt may be avoided.

"The cold, cloudy weather has plateaued everything," Fahlman told reporters on Monday. "It's welcome." Water levels in some flood-ravaged regions, including Lumsden and Crooked Lake, have peaked, the authority said.

Meanwhile, the All Nations' Healing Hospital in Fort Qu'Appelle that had closed due to flooding has reopened. The hospital says all normal services are restored.

However, there's still a lot of unmelted snow around the province and for some areas, the peak waterflow is not expected for days or weeks, the authority says.

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