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Flooded Estevan-area residents express frustration
Published Wednesday, June 1, 2011 8:25AM CST
Some flooded Estevan-area residents say they are frustrated by the Saskatchewan Watershed Authority's decision to further open dams upstream on the Rafferty and Boundary reservoirs.
Rodney Benning has to use a floating vehicle that can drive on the water's surface to access his home.
"It's very frustrating," Benning said. "It's getting old and I believe there's a lot of people getting pretty upset with (the watershed authority)."
The water is expected to rise to the level it was during the heavy spring melt.
Clinton Molde of the Saskatchewan Watershed Authority says the city and Rural Municipality of Estevan, and the village of Roche Percee have been warned of the increased flows from the reservoirs.
"Certainly downstream it does impact road crossings and private property and people are having to sandbag and build and construct berms around their homes to prevent from flooding," Molde said.
Molde says the watershed authority has had to double the amount of water flowing through the river valley since Sunday, due to the rains. He says it could be some time before the water levels in the reservoirs drop enough to reduce the flow.
Luckily for Benning, his berms are holding and, so far, his house is dry. All he can hope for now is hot, dry weather to drop the river, allowing him to drive instead of float home.
Based on a report by Braden Malsbury, CTV Yorkton