July 7, 2014 3:26 pm

Flood situation stabilizing in Saskatchewan

Emergency officials in Saskatchewan say the flood situation in the province is stabilizing and record high water levels on some lakes are starting to drop.

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REGINA – Emergency officials in Saskatchewan say the flood situation in the province is stabilizing and record high water levels on some lakes are starting to drop.

Patrick Boyle, with the Water Security Agency, says levels in Crooked and Round Lakes in southeast Saskatchewan topped records set in 1955.

Boyle says the water is going down, but it will remain above normal for the rest of the summer.

The number of Saskatchewan communities under flood emergencies after torrential rain last weekend sits at 79.

However, emergency management commissioner Duane McKay says 26 of those emergency declarations will time out later today or Tuesday unless a community renews it.

The situation worsened Saturday night when cottages on Crooked Lake were battered by trees and waves whipped up by a fierce storm.

Waves more than a metre high washed some cabins completely away.

At least two tornadoes touched down in central Saskatchewan on the weekend.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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