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UPDATE: Highway 2 north of Prince Albert reopened

A section of Highway 2 approximately 18 kms north of Prince Albert has reopened after a wash out yesterday afternoon.

Traffic was being rerouted along Highway 55 and Pulp Haul Road but that detour is no longer in effect. 

A construction crew was on the scene since 6:30 p.m. on Friday.  They've now completed work and the Little Red River bridge is open to both northbound and southbound traffic..

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Saskatoon street closed as South Sask. River rises

A stretch of road in Saskatoon's north end has been barricaded off because of the potential for flooding from the South Saskatchewan River.
 
Running parallel to the river, Spadina Crescent is shut down between Ravine Drive and Pinehouse Drive, as heavy rain in southern Alberta combined with higher flows into Lake Diefenbaker is causing the river to rise in Saskatoon.
 
The water level had almost reached the concrete platform of the lookout point behind the Mendel Art Gallery as of Saturday afternoon.

Gov. prepares for Cumberland House evac's

Heavy rains in both northern and southern Alberta are being blamed for expected floods that are going to lead to more than 2,000 people in Cumberland House being removed from their homes.

On Friday, Saskatchewan’s Water Security Agency (WSA) announced in a press release that the South Saskatchewan river could see inflows from Alberta reach record levels, with flow rates about 12 times the normal rate or about 6,000 m³/s.

SecureTech sees influx of calls due to floods

Sasktel’s alarm monitoring company, SecureTech, is bracing for an influx of calls as flooding in Alberta knocks out power and triggers alarms.

“If there are any power outages or if an alarm system has a water sensor, it does send in an alarm to the monitoring station,” said Michelle Englot. “Roughly 6,000 alarms is an average day, and they’re estimating it will be significantly more than that—in fact, potentially double.”

Monitoring stations in Yorkton, Winnipeg, MB, and Aurora, ON have been adequately staffed to handle the influx of alerts.

Calgary Mayor speaks on flood releif efforts

The question people in southern Alberta are asking is, ‘When will the flood waters recede?’

Thanks to more rain in the forecast, it doesn't appear like that will be happening any time soon.

More than 100-thousand people are displaced from their homes, some being housed by family and friends, and others in shelters or even being taken in by strangers.

The power in downtown Calgary has been shut down after fears of transformers exploding due to the pools of water, and a total of 26 neighbourhoods have been evacuated.
 

Highway 2 washed out north of Prince Albert

A section of Highway 2 approximately eight kilometers north of Prince Albert has washed out where it crosses the Little Red River.

Northbound and southbound traffic is being rerouted along Highway 55 and Pulp Haul Road. The ministry of highways says signage, barricades and message boards are in place.

Local traffic is being allowed through the affected area but no vehicles are being allowed to cross the Little Red River bridge.

Albertans at Regina's Farm Progress Show anxious to get home

As flood waters raged through southern Alberta this week, so too did farm equipment sales at the Farm Progress Show in Regina.

But for those vendors and attendees from Southern Alberta, the back of their minds were full of thoughts about what waited for them at home. Many had family or friends who had been evacuated or had their own homes threatened by floodwaters.

Saskatoon braces for possible flooding along river

Record levels of Alberta flood waters flowing into Saskatchewan have caused the City of Saskatoon to brace for possible flooding.

The City will restrict access to low lying areas along the Meewasin Valley Trail starting Saturday at 3 p.m.

Residents won't be able to access Spadina Crescent and the MWT at Ravine Drive, the lower trail along the Mendal Art Gallery - including the ferry and lookout - and the River Landing lower trail between the Traffic Bridge and Sid Buckwold Bridge.

Province evacuates Cumberland House as S. Sask River swells

As water streams into the South Saskatchewan River from Alberta, the province of Saskatchewan will be evacuating the community of Cumberland House as they plan to open floodgates to let more water out of Lake Diefenbaker.

Saskatchewan’s Water Security Agency (SWSA) said in a press release that rainfall in Alberta is causing the South Saskatchewan River to flow at more than 12 times its average rate.

Banff Marathon cancelled due to floods

Due to the state of emergency resulting from extensive flooding in southern Alberta, the Banff Marathon Organizing Committee has announced the cancellation of the inaugural Banff Marathon.

The decision came after reviewing many factors including safety, accessibility to Banff, the condition of the race route, and the allocation of local resources.

Although conditions in the national park itself are currently not as severe as surrounding areas to the east, access to Banff has been compromised by faults in the Trans-Canada Highway, the main artery into the park.

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