Saskatchewan town of Arborfield evacuated due to flooding
A structure holding back water has broken south of the community, which has a population of 400
Homes in Arborfield, Sask., are being evacuated after a structure holding water back south of town broke apart.
The province said a "hold back road" has given way and water is flowing towards the west side of the town, located about 260 kilometres northeast of Saskatoon.
The town issued the evacuation order and door-to-door notification has begun.
Approximately 400 people who live in Arborfield are being told to head to the town office where officials can tell them where they can stay. Town officials said there is room for people to stay in nearby communities like Zenon Park.
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State of emergency declared
The towns of Arborfield and Carrot River, Sask., and the rural municipality of Arborfield have declared states of emergency after heavy rainfall caused flooding in both communities.
In two hours, 10 centimetres — or four inches — of rain fell in Carrot River.
As the declarations were made, it was still raining in both northeastern communities, and the situation is getting worse, according to Carrot River Mayor Bob Gagne.
A state of emergency was declared in Estevan, Sask., on Sunday evening after the southeastern city received 130 millimetres of rain. There are more heavy rainfall warnings again today, ranging from the southwest to the northeast.
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Sandbagging and heavy machinery are currently being used to repair breaches in berms near Arborfield.
The town has evacuated its Special Care Lodge and sent residents to be with family or stay at other facilities in the Kelsey Trail Health Region.
There were 36 seniors removed from the long-term facility on Monday as a precaution. Sandbags placed around the lodge meant that water never entered the facility.
The water near the facility is receding, according to the province, and if rain subsides, residents could be back by the end of the week.
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Highway 23 at Arborfield is closed due to flooding.
Arborfield is approximately 260 kilometres northeast of Saskatoon. Carrot River is about 25 kilometres north of Arborfield.