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Handful of High River residents ignore evacuation orders and stand by their homes

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."

Cumberland House braces for flooding

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.

Photos: Flooding in Calgary Jun.21-24

Photos from flooding in Calgary, Alta.  June 21-24. 

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Saskatchewan provincial parks anticipate no impact from flood waters

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 .

Saskatchewan's Hayley Wickenheiser among those helping clean up Calgary

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."

Producer sees flood waters reach his land near Leader

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.

North and South Saskatchewan Rivers seeing some levels rise Monday

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.

Water Security Agency releasing water from Gardiner Dam

The unprecedented river flows that have ravaged much of southern Alberta devastating Calgary and High River in particular are now making their way to Saskatchewan.

The Water Security Agency (WSA) is predicting water flows at Lake Diefenbaker will peak on Monday. To prepare, outflows from the Gardiner Dam have been increased from 800 m3/s to 2,000 m3/s. That has turned the Dam’s spillway into a raceway of water.

Calgary downtown a shell as most evacuees return home

Calgary’s downtown remains without power as people trickle in to check on their businesses following a weekend of heavy flooding.

Evacuation orders in most of the city have been lifted as water from the Bow and Elbow rivers recedes. About 65,000 people can return to check on their homes.

There are still a few areas deemed unsafe for people to go into, clustered mainly near the downtown core.

The streets were mostly empty in the city’s core save for people who had come to see the damage and business owners getting started with what is sure to be a monumental cleanup.

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