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Water main break floods 18 rooms at U of R residence

Industrial vacuums are roaring as clean-up continues after a flood at the North Tower Residence at the University of Regina.

Offices on the main floor and 18 student dorm rooms sustained damage after a water main break late Sunday night. Only a few students were actually staying in the rooms at the time because the semester doesn’t start until Tuesday.

Man, 18, faces criminal charges in relation to U of R sprinkler damage

An 18-year-old man from Brooks, Alberta is being kicked out of his apartment and slapped with criminal charges.

Thamal Hemakumara has been charged with mischief over $5,000 and will be appearing in court on Nov. 14.

Police have been investigating what caused a sprinkler to go off at the south residence on the University of Regina in late September, causing water to flood the bottom six floors of the building.

Cause of U of R's sprinkler "malfunction" still unknown

The University of Regina could still not provide answers on why a sprinkler went off in its south residence building on Saturday.

UPDATE: Wet wake up for some U of R students

It was a different kind of alarm that woke students in the south residence tower early Saturday morning.

At about 1 a.m., a malfunction in the fire alarm system caused a sprinkler on the sixth floor to unleash a rush of water. The building was evacuated and students spent their morning trying to sleep in the Riddell Centre or elsewhere.

“I thought it was just a fire drill,” said Paula Poirer who lives in the building. “We had to wait two hours before they said there was a malfunction on the sixth floor, and water was just going everywhere.”

Hot weather good for Saskatchewan crops lagging behind

A warm up in the weather is great news for Bruce Hipkin's crops which are several weeks behind thanks to flooding that hit the Lumsden Valley this spring.

"Normally we'd be threshing peas now.  We're probably a week or ten days away (from that,)" Hipkin said while standing near one of his barley fields.

Southeast Saskatchewan sees tornado, hail and heavy rains

A tornado has touched down near the town of Carlyle and large hail has caused damage to vehicles in the area as well.

Environment Canada had been following the storm Saturday morning issuing watches to a number of towns that severe weather was likely to develop.

"We do expect these storms to be rather violent with the possibility of rotating updrafts," said Mike Russo with Environment Canada early in the day Saturday.

Weather expert says climate change to blame for flooding

Canada's senior climatologist has a potentially controversial explanation for the wild weather seen in Canada this summer.

In the span of about a month both Alberta and now Toronto have been inundated with rainfall, resulting in massive flooding. That has left people wondering why it's happening now.

David Phillips, senior climatologist with Environment Canada, said most explanations are leaning toward climate change.

SGI warns of risk in buying flood-damaged cars from Alberta

SGI wants you to keep an eye out for people who could be selling flood-damaged cars out of Alberta.

After massive flooding that hit that province over the last several weeks Saskatchewan Government Insurance is concerned some people may be trying to get rid of wrecked vehicles.

PHOTOS: Craven Country Jamboree set to open gates Wednesday

After a bit of an opening delay; the Craven Country Jamboree is ready to open its gate tomorrow.

They got three and a half inches of rain on Saturday, making the ground too wet to open to campers on Sunday.

Christine Dale from Fillmore, north east of Weyburn, has been waiting outside the gate with Kyle Stiefel since Saturday. She said they've been making the best of the situation.

"(We've been) meeting new people," she laughed, pointing to her new friends she was spending time with when News Talk Radio caught up to her.

Buckland families north of Prince Albert threatened by rising water

Four families in the R.M. of Buckland north of Prince Albert are watching and waiting as the only road in and out of their small community of White Star becomes impassable.

The slowly rising water has Terry Masserey, who lives on the wrong side of the flooded section, concerned about the safety of his community.

“There’s no way out in an emergency right now, nobody’s getting in. You’re driving through three or four feet of water and everyday it’s getting higher,” he said.

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