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Rain causing havoc across southern Saskatchewan
Published Saturday, June 18, 2011 12:01PM CST
With heavy rainfall and high winds comes heavy damage at a high cost.
Residents in the Estevan area received news Saturday, but unfortunately it hasn't been the first time they heard it.
Outflow from the Rafferty Reservoir will be increased. At noon on Saturday it's expected that the outflow will be increased to 300-cubic-meters-per-second and could get to as high as 400-cubic-meters –per- second.
Which means Estevan and area could get anywhere from 75 centimeters to 1 meter of water.
The Estevan Emergency measures Committee has declared a state of emergency and issed an evacuation alert for Willow Park Greens Trailer Park.
Residents are asked to prepare for an evacuation and to be ready to leave or make arrangements to leave.
In Regina the heavy precipitation and high winds caused busy roads such as Victoria Avenue East to be closed for a period of time, fences to be blow over and basements flooded.
On Friday Weyburn declared a state of emergency because of flooding and was forced to order a boil-water advisory because of an electrical failure at the city's waste water treatment plant. 30 people were also evacuated from a trailer park in the city.
John Fahlman with the Saskatchewan Watershed Authority says that the '75 centimeters to a meter that areas in southern Saskatchewan are getting will be higher than levels in the spring'.
Highways in southern Saskatchewan were forced to close because of the flooding caused by the rain:
Highway 39 - Weyburn to Junction Highway 6. Detour via Highways 6 and 13.
Highway 18 - West of Oungre
Highway 350 - Junction Highway 18 to US border.
Highway 58 - Junction Highway 43 to Junction Highway 363
Highway 36 - Willowbunch to Junction 13
Evacuations were underway in the RM of Siglunes on June 13.