At least 16 communities in southeast Saskatchewan declared or were in the process of declaring a state of emergency on Sunday after being slammed by torrential rains and flash floods.
Roads in the Redvers area are under water due to all the rain. A section of Highway 13, four kilometres west of the town, has been washed out, and is not passable. Sections of Highway 13 east of Redvers are also covered by water, and are not passable.
A large section of Highway 8 around Storthoaks is submerged by water, and is not passable.
The Carlyle RCMP and the Department of Highways are at the scenes. It is strongly recommended that motorists seek alternate routes when travelling in this area.
There have been several reports of vehicles getting stuck in the flood waters, but there haven’t been any injuries.
Other areas are also feeling the brunt of the rain. Highway 8 has been closed from the junction with Highway 1 at Moosomin, northbound past Rocanville to Spy Hill. Severe flooding is crossing the main highway and many secondary gravel roads as well.
Debris is piling up on the roads, creating an additional hazard, in addition to fast moving water.
Estevan wasn’t as hard hit by the rain. Environment Canada reports that the city received 33.8 millimetres on Saturday, which is equivalent to 1 1/4 inches.
A rainfall warning was in effect for southeast Saskatchewan, as of Sunday morning. Some areas could receive another 30 to 50 millimetres of rain before Monday morning, and localized storm totals of 125 to 150 millimetres are possible in areas close to the Saskatchewan-Manitoba border.