July 26, 2016 11:32 am

Saskatchewan opens flood recovery centre in Elfros

A flood recovery centre is opening in Elfros, Sask., after the region was hit by heavy rain and flooding.

Courtesy Wadena Fire Department.
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The Saskatchewan government is opening a flood recovery centre in Elfros, Sask., following severe weather and flooding in the region.

A state of emergency was declared in the eastern Saskatchewan community after heavy rain over the weekend.

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Environment Canada reported 69 millimetres of rain in Wadena, north of Elfros, on Friday and Saturday. The Wadena Fire Department reported four to six inches (approximately 100 to 150 mm) fell in the area.

The heavy rain forced the temporary closure of Highway 16 and a train was stopped due to wash-out fears.

The flood recovery centre will be staffed by officials from the Provincial Disaster Assistance Program (PDAP).

“Any resident whose property has been impacted by the recent flooding and severe weather in the area of Elfros should visit the recovery centre and speak to a PDAP official,” said Jim Reiter, the minister of government relations

“PDAP staff will be on-hand to guide residents through the claims process as well as answer any questions they might have about the program.”

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The centre will be located at the RM of Elfros office at 202 Front St. and will be open:

  • July 26: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • July 27: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

PDAP is set up to help in the recovery from the effects of natural disasters and severe weather.

With files from Peter Quinlan

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