Torrential rain hits Sask. town still drying out from recent flooding
MOOSOMIN, Sask. – Torrential rain has struck again in parts of southeastern Saskatchewan that are still drying out from recent flooding.
Saskatchewan emergency management commissioner Duane McKay says a storm Thursday evening dumped about 50 millimetres of rain on the town of Moosomin.
“Moosomin had already been hit by the other significant rain event and so we’re seeing some pretty significant impact,” McKay said Friday.
“Early reports saw a significant number of homes reported that could have been impacted and of course streets were flooded, storm sewers were quickly overwhelmed.”
McKay could not say how many homes were flooded because an assessment was still being done.
The commissioner says emergency agencies were able to respond fast because they were already in Moosomin to help with flooding caused by a deluge of rain two weeks ago.
The storm Thursday also dropped about 30 millimetres of rain on Redvers, unleashed hail the size of golf balls in the Val Marie area and generated a high wind and funnel clouds, although none appeared to have touched down.
McKay says officials are now watching to see how the latest rainfall impacts the rest of the region as the water moves through the system.
“I think Moosomin and the immediate area probably took the brunt of the storm, but a lot of that water will flow and for communities that are along those river basins, (they) could possibly be impacted,” said McKay.
“But once the water starts flowing, it starts to level out, so we’ll monitor that over the next day or so to make sure that we’re prepared for any impacts that might occur.”
Meanwhile, 62 communities in eastern Saskatchewan remained under states of emergency Friday after the widespread flooding at the end of June.
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