July 2, 2014 5:01 pm
Updated: July 2, 2014 5:59 pm

Hard to fathom amount of water in southeast Saskatchewan: Wall

Premier Brad Wall says it's hard to describe and fathom the amount of water that is everywhere in eastern Saskatchewan.

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Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says it’s hard to describe and fathom the amount of water that is everywhere in eastern Saskatchewan.

Wall toured the region today to see the damage caused by a deluge of rain over the weekend.

The premier says several projects to prevent flooding have been done in communities across the province over the last few years.

But he also says it’s probably not possible to have infrastructure that can stave off more than 200 millimetres of rain in 48 hours.

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The premier has said early estimates show the widespread flooding could cost more than the 2011 flood – one that cost the province 360 million dollars.

About 95 communities in Saskatchewan and Manitoba have declared states of emergency because of the flooding.

More than 300 people are out of their homes in Saskatchewan, while high water in Manitoba has forced some 500 people to evacuate.

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