Saskatchewan

'It was a pretty scary situation': Estevan trailer park floods over weekend

A neighbourhood in Estevan had a close call with floodwaters on Sunday.

Cars and other belongings were submerged in water

This neighbourhood in Estevan was flooded over the weekend. 0:38

A subdivision in Estevan had a close call with floodwaters on Saturday as 137 millimetres of rain fell on the community. 

Darian Fischer has been renting a mobile home in the neighbourhood, known as The Ridge, since January. When he woke up early on Saturday to check on his pets he noticed that it was wet outside, but it wasn't flooded. 

But by 10:30 a.m. CST that had changed. He awoke to the sound of a neighbour knocking at his door. 

"She was just soaked from head to toe from standing out in the rain and she was frantically saying to us, 'You need to move your vehicles because they are about to get (swept) away by the water.'"

Fischer quickly moved his vehicles.

"It was literally getting up the doors of my jeep and my crew truck and everything, so I just had to drive it up out of the swamp onto the other side."

He was also worried about other belongings.

"We actually started to have to trudge through this waist deep water to get all of our bags and our belongings out and to get our animals out of the house too," he said. "It was a pretty scary situation. Actually, I thought we were going to lose all of our belongings."

There was almost nothing left in the back end of the trailer park. It was all water.- Darian Fischer

He said the water rose to the top of the skirts on the trailers, just under a metre from the ground. 

Fischer said one downpour lasted three hours.

"There was almost nothing left in the back end of the trailer park. It was all water."

Second flood this summer

Fischer and his girlfriend left the park with most of their pets and spent the night in Regina. When they returned Sunday night, the water had subsided to the point he could drive his vehicle through it. 

Some of his tools and work clothes were destroyed, but otherwise the trailer was fine. 

Fischer said since the development is private property, only the owners and managers can deal with the flooding. They have installed several pumps to move the water to an outside park.

Fischer added this is the second time the neighbourhood has flooded this summer, although the first flood was not as bad as this one. 

CBC News has not managed to reach either the developer or the property manager to find out if there are other measures being taken to deal with this current flood or any chronic problems that could cause the park to flood.

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