A section of highway in Saskatchewan has garnered a reputation for unexpected births.
A few kilometers from Clavet on Highway 16 East, three babies have been born with the assistance of MD Ambulance since April.
"Lately it seems that we are having a lot of babies delivered on the highway or at the homes of the parents," said MD Ambulance spokesperson Troy Davies in a statement.
"But I believe this is a first to see so many delivered in pretty much the same location. There is no real explanation for it."
Cumberland House was almost completely evacuated by noon Sunday, though shelters weren't totally ready.
The community declared a state of emergency Saturday after warnings from the province’s Water Security Agency (WSA) about an oncoming flood. Heavy rains in both North and South Alberta are causing both of Saskatchewan’s two main rivers to swell, with flow rates into Lake Diefenbaker expected to hit 6,000 m³/s early this week. And all that water is expected to cause severe enough flooding in Cumberland House to wash out its only access road.
Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park has begun preparations as water levels begin to rise on Lake Deifenbaker.
On Thursday, Saskatchewan’s Water Security Agency (WSA) warned anyone near the South Saskatchewan River that inflows could increase to about 12 times the normal rate by Tuesday as water rushes in from Southern Alberta.
But according to park supervisor Sheldon Kowalchuk, the lake has already begun rising.
“We closed 43 campsites along with the group camping,” he said, saying he’s had to move around a dozen campers out of low-lying areas.
Residents of Bragg Creek, a community near Calgary, are slowly being allowed to return home after rising waters of the Elbow river ripped through the community causing a mandatory evacuation late Thursday night.
Tom Walker, a photographer - who was rescued from his car when the river spilled the banks, captured these images as he returned to the community.
They're calling it a once-in-100-year flood in Calgary, Alta. and August Neves figures they're right.
As a break in the rain brought people out to see the extent of flooding Saturday morning in the city's Erlton neighbourhood, Neves, a resident for over 30 years, said the severity of this flood dwarfs one that hit the area back in 2005. "We had flooding eight years ago, but the water never reached the street," he said as he watched brown water churn along Erlton Road.
Others were still shaken after having to evacuate.
Heavy rains in both northern and southern Alberta are being blamed for expected floods that are going to lead to more than 2,000 people in Cumberland House being removed from their homes.
On Friday, Saskatchewan’s Water Security Agency (WSA) announced in a press release that the South Saskatchewan river could see inflows from Alberta reach record levels, with flow rates about 12 times the normal rate or about 6,000 m³/s.
Sasktel’s alarm monitoring company, SecureTech, is bracing for an influx of calls as flooding in Alberta knocks out power and triggers alarms.
“If there are any power outages or if an alarm system has a water sensor, it does send in an alarm to the monitoring station,” said Michelle Englot. “Roughly 6,000 alarms is an average day, and they’re estimating it will be significantly more than that—in fact, potentially double.”
Monitoring stations in Yorkton, Winnipeg, MB, and Aurora, ON have been adequately staffed to handle the influx of alerts.
A section of Highway 2 approximately eight kilometers north of Prince Albert has washed out where it crosses the Little Red River.
Northbound and southbound traffic is being rerouted along Highway 55 and Pulp Haul Road. The ministry of highways says signage, barricades and message boards are in place.
Local traffic is being allowed through the affected area but no vehicles are being allowed to cross the Little Red River bridge.
As water streams into the South Saskatchewan River from Alberta, the province of Saskatchewan will be evacuating the community of Cumberland House as they plan to open floodgates to let more water out of Lake Diefenbaker.
Saskatchewan’s Water Security Agency (SWSA) said in a press release that rainfall in Alberta is causing the South Saskatchewan River to flow at more than 12 times its average rate.