The Wascana Centre Authority (WCA) is as ready as it can be ahead of flooding at Wascana Lake. However, their flood preparations do not include putting sandbags around the newly renovated Queen Elizabeth II Gardens.
All the water from the melting snow in Regina has to go somewhere. In many cases it’s pooling in the middle of residential streets, which isn’t making driving or walking easy.
City crews are busy making sure that water is going where it’s supposed to: down sewer drains.
Supervisor of sewer and drainage operations David Jijian says there are four crews that go out with the task of clearing snow, ice and other debris from drains.
CJME got to go along with one crew in central Regina to see exactly how it’s done.
With a looming strike at Evraz Place, the City of Regina is moving its sandbag-making operations to a new facility.
"We were using a location on the Evraz-facility compound to build our sandbags, it was a convenient location for us" explained Jay O'Connor, manager of emergency management. "At this time, I understand that strike notice has been given, so we will be relocating our sandbagging operations to an alternate facility so that we don't run into any conflicts with our employees crossing another unions picket lines."
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If the sandbags and dikes don't work, the City of Regina will have a
plan in place to evacuate people from their flooded homes.
So far, city administration doesn't anticipate that they will need to use the plan, but want to be prepared just in case. It's comforting for Joyce Meyerhoffer. Known as Grandma Bear, she's had to deal with water in her home before.
While crews will place the preventive sandbags and barriers, Jay O'Connor, the manager of emergency management with the City of Regina, admits part of the work will be watching areas expected to be hit with the worst flooding.
In some areas, the City is preparing for water drastically affecting people's homes.
"We are working on what we're calling an evacuation plan for any of the communities protected by dikes," O'Connor explained.
"Just on the off chance something does happen, we have a dike rupture or we have a sandbag failure."
Driving around the city has its share of hazards on a good winter day, now with the start of the spring melt drivers are dealing with pot-holes, frozen slush and six inch deep puddles.