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Police look for escaped inmate

Police in Prince Albert are looking for an escaped inmate from a low security prison.
Dorris Roberts was first noticed missing from the Pine Grove Correctional Centre at around 7:00 p.m. Friday night. Someone was alerted after they saw clothing caught in the razor wire fence surrounding the facility.

Community slowly sinking

While flooding is occurring all over central Saskatchewan, one community just 40 kilometres north of Prince Albert has been sinking under water for years.

Ray Keller resides in the Rural Municipality of Paddockwood and has seen water creeping into the area since he moved in seven years ago.

“It’s very wet. We have a slough right adjacent to our property. In fact our property is covered by part of it and when we built back here in ’06 there was hardly any water in here at all,” Keller said.

Fire department monitors swollen Little Red River

The Little Red River is being watched closely as it continues to race through Little Red River Park, eroding riverbanks and damaging structures.

The high volume of water and extreme speed at which it’s flowing is causing the river to cut deep into the riverbanks, potentially changing the way the park will look once the flow subsides.

“It’s literally chewing the bank apart, they’re just falling apart, it’s making a new path,” said Chief Les Karpluk of the Prince Albert Fire Department.

Homeowners near Prince Albert deal with flooding risk

Two properties west of Wahpeton First Nation are facing extreme flooding.

Emergency management crews and friends have been doing their best this week to sand bag, but the water is stubborn.

"It's right against the garage now and on the west side. It's about a foot from the house," said Anita Begrand, one of the property owners affected.

Cumberland pets not forgotten in the flood

In the rush to evacuate some 2,000 residents from Cumberland House and Cumberland House Cree Nation from approaching Alberta flood waters, hundreds of dogs had to be left behind.

On Wednesday however, the province assured evacuees that their animals have not been forgotten.

“There is a patrol that goes by those sites, homes and makes sure they are let out, exercised, fed and watered,” said Duane McKay, the province’s commissioner of emergency management.

“When the residents come back their pets will be in good shape.”

Rising river levels force flood preps for homes in P.A.

The City of Prince Albert is preparing for potential flooding in higher risk areas as the river is expected to rise to peak levels on Thursday.

The city will sandbag catchbasins along Macdowall Crescent and along 15th Avenue between Second and Fourth Streets.

As a precautionary measure, the city and the Prince Albert Fire Department are contacting residents on the south side of Riverside Drive, Highway 55 East and select residents in Little Red River Park.

Sask. church extends hand to evacuees from Cumberland House

The St. Alban’s Cathedral in Prince Albert is reaching out to the evacuees of Cumberland House.

Cumberland House flood evacuation puts end to family business

Flood waters from Alberta entering Saskatchewan has forced the community of Cumberland House to evacuate.

For cattle rancher Gerald Lambert, the oncoming flooding meant figuring out what to do with his cattle -- and quick.

Lambert and his father have been farming the land near Cumberland House for 35 years, with Lambert himself taking over the farm about nine years ago after his father retired.

Cumberland House evacuees fill the Henk Ruys Soccer Centre

Now that the evacuation is complete, people from Cumberland House are temporarily living in different communities all over the province.

"Right here in Saskatoon there are about 150 people in the shelter, there is about 32 in hotels, and most are staying with their friends and family in the area," said Candace Lamb with the Red Cross.

The shelter in Saskatoon is inside the Henk Ruys Soccer Centre. Lamb said the shelter provides three meals a day and activities.

"Working with the community has been fantastic. They are a really great group of people," she said.

'Supermoon' over Prince Albert

If you think the moon looks bigger and brighter than usual this weekend, you're right.

The moon is at its closest distance to earth this year, appearing eight per cent bigger and 17 per cent brighter than usual.

Earth and its celestial neighbour are 355-thousand kilometres apart, which is nine-thousand kilometres closer than usual. Astronomers call the once-a-year phenomenon, a ‘supermoon.’

The next time this happens will be Aug. 10, 2014.

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