Crooked Lake residents desperate to save homes
Watch the video above: Crooked Lake flooding
CROOKED LAKE, Sask. – Some Saskatchewan lakes in the Qu’Appelle system are experiencing record water levels.
In an update Friday morning, the provincial Water Security Agency (WSA) said it believed Crooked Lake has peaked, just below a record set in 1955. However, Friday afternoon Highway 22 near Killaly washed out, increasing the water at Crooked Lake by 4.3 inches, according to the province.
Round Lake is expected to peak on Sunday or Monday, breaking historic levels.
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Some residents at Crooked Lake spoke to Global News on Friday and said the flooding is the worst they have ever seen in the area.
“This year, unlike 2011, the water actually went all the way around the back of this cabin,” said Rob McCallum.
His family has had a cabin at Twin Exner Bay for the past 80 years.
“We weren’t ready for that, cause we never experience it,” said McCallum.
There have been many sleepless nights for residents impacted by the flooding. Many homes seem abandoned and some people have evacuated.
“We’ve experienced failures of roads, right across the whole R.M. on the north and the south. It’s more than anyone can really imagine,” said Roger Lell, councillor for the R.M. Of Grayson.
“This one has done a lot more damage throughout the R.M. than 2011. It’s really not even comparison.”
McCallum said residents in the Grayson area have very diverse needs right now. Farmers to the north, for example, are concerned about their crops and road access while people around the lake are focused on saving their homes.
An area around the Cedar Cove Resort campsite is flooded. Residents worked to save a freezer from the store on Friday.
“I feel sorry for the owner. He bought the place in 2011 and he had to deal with the flood. Finally got everything the way he wanted it and now this happens all over again,” said Scott Simpson, Cedar Cove Resort resident.