Flooding forces evacuations in Saskatchewan
The Canadian PressSaturday, June 22, 2013
REGINA - Efforts are underway to move more than 2,000 people from their homes in a flood-prone part of northeastern Saskatchewan because of rising water levels.
Emergency officials are moving people out of the village of Cumberland House and the Cumberland House Cree Nation, and are warning people could be out for a couple of weeks.
Saskatchewan's deputy emergency management commissioner Colin King says the water is going to rise to an unprecedented level in Cumberland House.
The communities are downstream of where the North and South Saskatchewan Rivers meet and those rivers are swollen as floodwaters from Alberta head east.
The Saskatchewan Water Security Agency says inflows on the South Saskatchewan River into Lake Diefenbaker are expected to be the highest ever recorded.
The South Saskatchewan River is expected to rise two metres.