The president of the Calgary Stampede said the 2013 edition of the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth will go on ‘come hell or high water’ despite the grounds where the event is held being damaged by flood waters.
The 10-day event draws over a million guests each year, with a number coming from Saskatchewan.
Prince Albert’s Brennin Jack has gone to the event the last number of years and is going again this year to compete in the international auctioneering championship—an event he won in 2012.
While water levels along the South Saskatchewan River remained roughly the same on Tuesday, the Water Security Agency (WSA) warns that the North Saskatchewan River may swell more than originally expected.
The cities of North Battleford and Prince Albert have been put on alert as flows continue to come in from Alberta.
Saskatchewan is sending help out to flood-ravaged Alberta.
On Thursday, six employees of the Provincial Disaster Assistance Program (PDAP) will be heading to Calgary announced Government Relations Minister Jim Reiter.
“I think it’s important that we help our neighbours,” said Reiter.
The half dozen will be on the ground working to help people fill out forms and file claims as the result of their flood damaged homes and businesses.
“Our people do a good job at PDAP. Alberta recognizes that plus Alberta is just devastated right now."
Not everyone tried to keep themselves dry when the evacuation orders came down in Alberta last week.
Some people like Jeff Kaiman from High River stuck around to try and save his family's home. He says he took a ride to the downtown area the other day.
"It's unbelievable," he admitted.
"There’s boats that have washed clean across a main road and pushed themselves into a house, after the berm itself broke down from water rushing."
Now that the evacuation is complete, emergency responders are focusing on protecting Cumberland House infrastructure.
A team of about 85 people have stayed behind to create berms, lay sandbags and deploy other flood mitigation equipment, hoping to save at least some of the now empty homes, businesses and community buildings.
There are approximately 300 structures that will be threatened by flooding said incident commander Raymond Dussion.
Don't let fears of flooding keep you from a weekend camping trip - that's the message from Sask Parks as the Canada Day long weekend approaches.
Even though inflows into Lake Diefenbaker are the highest they've ever been and outflows of 2000 cubic meters per second are causing record-high levels on the South Saskatchewan River, provincial parks in those areas are expected to remain mostly unaffected .
A massive cleanup is underway in Calgary. Much of the city is a muddy, waterlogged mess, but three-time Olympic gold medalist Hayley Wickenheiser says spirits remain high.
"There's hundreds... thousands of people walking up and down the streets just covered in mud with their boots just trying to help out wherever they can."
The high water from Alberta is flowing into Saskatchewan now and many communities have noticed higher levels on rivers over the last day or two. While the damage might not be as severe as in Calgary, High River and other towns and cities in southern Alberta, Saskatchewan isn't totally exempt.
The flood water from Alberta is making an impact in Saskatchewan, with the peak expected to reach the border some time on Monday.
"Based on what we're seeing from Alberta, we're now expecting 5,600 cubic meters per second coming in to Lake Diefenbaker," said Patrick Boyle of the Water Security Agency (WSA) in an update to the media Monday morning. While the number is below the level initially expected, it is still 12 times the typical flow at the lake and the highest seen in 100 years.