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'Unprecedented' flooding damage costs to exceed 2011 levels, Premier

The "unprecedented" amount of flooding wreaking havoc in southeastern Saskatchewan will likely cost taxpayers more than the 2011 floods, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall said.

Speaking in Saskatoon Tuesday, Wall said "very early" estimates of flood damage will exceed the $360 million mark set by flooding in 2011.

"There will be an impact financially, but the good news is this; we have healthy finances in the provinces (and) we have a rainy day fund," Wall said. "This is our number one priority as a government."

UPDATED: More than 150 evacuated from Melville hospital and care home


More than 150 patients and seniors were evacuated from a hospital and a care home in Melville after flood waters began to circumvent the community's dam and threaten the buildings.
 
Early Tuesday morning, water began flowing around the earthen dam at the reservoir south of the city. Mayor Walter Streelasky said both St. Peter's Hospital and the St. Paul Home were evacuated, starting around 5 a.m.
 
"It's approximately 151 patients and residents," Streelasky said.

Village of Gainsborough evacuated

More information came out Monday as Saskatchewan worked to get a handle on flooding that's ravaged the province's southeast.

Many have reported that the damage is some of the worst they've seen.  Dean Martens told News Talk that he couldn't believe what he ran into near the village of Gainsborough.

"I've never seen anything like this.  Like, we went to the 2011 flood and there was only a few roads (out). But this time down here there's a lot of these roads that are going and there's quite a few dams that they're scared their going to go."

Cut off by flooding, the community of Carievale 'isolated.'

When the village of Gainesborough, down by the U.S. border was evacuated on Sunday, some people took shelter in the nearby community of Carievale.  But if they stayed, they're stuck there. RCMP say Carievale is isolated. All roads in and out of the town are cut off.

Don Slade at Don's Country Cafe says there's no way out.

"18 going east is washed out at Gainesborough.  And number eight goin' north is washed out this side of Storthoaks.  And there's water over the bridge at 18 going west and they're expecting that bridge to go too."

UPDATED: Rain fills Regina's storm system to capacity

With just under 80 millimeters or about three inches of rain, the City of Regina didn't get as much rain as some areas in Saskatchewan but there was flooding. Unfortunately, the City can't do much about it all until the rain stops.
 
"If we start popping catch basins or manholes at this point, there's no place for the water to go," explained Helene Henning-Hill, manager of sewage and drainage operations with the City of Regina.
 

PHOTOS: Damage from the storm impacts thousands in Sask.

Thousands of people are suffering damage from flooding that prompted dozens of communities to declare states of emergency over the weekend in Saskatchewan.

Heavy rain impacts Regina services and events

The impact of heavy rains on Sunday is growing in the Queen City.

Regina Fire sent out a tweet Sunday evening asking that resident avoid showering, bathing and even flushing their toilets. The inches of rain that fell in the city has brought the domestic sewage system to capacity.

PHOTOS: Three dozen communities declare states of emergency

Three dozen Saskatchewan communities have declared states of emergency and hundreds have left their homes after torrential rainfalls across the province.
 
"Currently we have 36 municipalities that have declared emergencies," said Duane McKay, the head of emergency management for the province on Monday.
 
"We have deployed our rapid response teams into the area," said McKay. "Our emergency services officers are being contacted regarding some of the events the municipalities are facing."
 

Heavy rain causing problems for farmers in Qu'Appelle Valley

Carrots, green onions, and zucchini are trying to survive the rainy weather.

Hayley Lawford runs the Heliotrope Organic Farm, just outside of Craven in the Qu'Appelle Valley.

She says they have been pumping water off the fields for around a week.

"There's just water sitting everywhere. The river is so high that the ground is just saturated right now," said Lawford.

Summer storms headed for southeastern Sask.

The rainy spring is continuing into summer, with southeastern Saskatchewan to set to get hit with lots of rain over the Canada Day long weekend.

Robyn Dyck with Environment Canada says a big low is expected to park itself over the Dauphin, Manitoba area and send heavy rain our way.

A rainfall warning is in effect for southeastern areas that are along the Manitoba border.  Around 50 to 75 millimeters of rain is predicted to start Saturday evening and continue into Sunday. That means some regions could see up to three inches of rain.

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