July 1, 2014 11:07 am

Melville, Sask. hospital evacuated due to flooding

Aerial photos taken Tuesday, July 1 show water rushing around and over a dam near Melville, SK.

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MELVILLE, Sask. – Flooding forced the evacuation of 157 patients and residents from a hospital and care home in Melville, Sask.

Melville Mayor Walter Streelasky said most patients from St. Peter’s Hospital have been evacuated to Esterhazy and the remainder to other communities in the region.

Streelasky also confirmed all residents of St. Paul’s Lutheran Home have been evacuated to Horizon Credit Union Centre.

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Some of those patients have been discharged and the evacuee number is down to around 120, including patients and staff.

A four-foot high barrier has been erected around the hospital and no water has entered the building.

Streelasky said if all goes well with the weather and flow of water, patients and residents could return to their facilities as early as Wednesday morning.

Highway 10 remains closed through the city and water continues to move inland from the reservoir.

Streelasky said the dam has not been breached. The entire circumference of the dam was checked by the Saskatchewan Water Security Agency and water utility manager who reported it to be safe and secure.

Officials said that, barring more rainfall, the dam has crested and is now on the decline.

Water continues to move into the city from the north, though at a slower rate than observed earlier in the day.

 

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