June 30, 2014 8:49 pm

Flooding leads to 36 states of emergency

The creek that snakes through the Sherwood Forest Golf & Country Club tore through this portion of road Monday morning.

Sean Lerat-Stetner

REGINA – Residents in the southeast end of Saskatchewan are recovering from significant flooding.

“It’s scary what Mother Nature can do,” said Brian Wirth, president of Sherwood Forest Golf & Country Club.

The creek that snakes through the club spilled into the motor home community, damaging several trailer homes.

The water tore through an embankment originally built to prevent flooding.

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“It’s never happened like this where we’ve had rain issues that have created a flood issue like this,” said Wirth.

The number of communities that have declared a state of emergency due to flooding has more than doubled from 16 on the weekend to 36 on Monday.

There, and elsewhere, residents are being asked to limit water use as drainage systems are strained.

The only mandatory evacuation was for Gainsborough, where approximately 250 residents were asked to leave.

“RCMP have reported four individuals that have stayed behind. We do know who they are and where they’re located in case we need to assist them,” said Duane McKay emergency management and fire safety commissioner.

And even as the rain tapers off, the cleanup is only beginning.

“Something that’s important for people to know is that flooding is not covered by insurance,” said Kelley Brinkworth, media relations manager for SGI.

However, sewer backup flooding is covered by the crown with an optional policy, which almost all home insurance clients have.

As for cars, even basic SGI insurance keeps you covered.

“Let’s say, in the case of the overpass in Regina. You know, the Albert Street overpass being closed and you choose to drive through. I mean, yes, you do have insurance coverage, but we would caution against that,” she said.

As persistent as Mother Nature has been, there is always a silver lining to be found.

“The golf course didn’t flood out, so that part’s good. It could always be worse,” said Wirth.

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