Weyburn declares state of emergency
Friday's rains have forced another south Saskatchewan community to declare a state of emergency.
Weyburn declared a state of emergency Friday after extreme flooding and an electrical failure at the city's waste water treatment plant.
The city's mayor, Debra Button, said they have also issued a boil water advisory for the area.
"We are without our lift station for our sewage and so we're working without that right now. We've got pumps going, so we're working to get it into the storm sewers but eventually that raw sewage will go right into our Souris River and down the way some ways (where) our intake is, so that's put us on a precautionary boil water advisory," said Button.
They're working with sewer back-up trucks, dyking the community and trying to dry out the lift station but Button says the community is still very wet.
"We have a lot of water running through the community right now."
They have had some flooding before but nothing as bad as this.
"We are at points now with our water levels that beats what we were seeing in the spring with our runoff," said Button.
They have been forced to evacuate a trailer park just outside the city because of flooding.
Button said the community has come together and have been working hard on the problem.
"We're getting tired but the community's responding very well and we're so pleased with that. We're pleased with all the volunteers that are coming out and the city staff that are exhausting themselves ... I'm very proud of how the team (has been) handling the preparations," said Button.
Button said it has stopped raining but there is rain in the forecast so they're just looking up and praying for it to stop.
"This is one of the biggest challenges we've had in years," said Button.
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Reported by News Talk Radio's Lisa Schick.
Edited by News Talk Radio's Karin Yeske.