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Weyburn launches emergency phone alert system

The City of Weyburn has a new way to communicate critical information in the event of any emergency in the future.

Tuesday it launched the Everbridge Emergency Alert Program which is the first of its kind in Saskatchewan.

"In 2011, the City of Weyburn experienced a fair amount of flooding and we really struggled getting information back and forth to the public and it’s something the citizens kind of wanted," said Weyburn Fire Chief Steve Debienne. "They wanted some more critical information and time-sensitive information in a timely manner."

"Hell or High Water" inspires songs for Alberta dealing with floods

There's been more than one song written by musicians inspired by the words "Hell or High Water" uttered by the president of the Calgary Stampede president after flooding in Alberta.

Marc Martel wrote this song and it is available to download for free on the Calgary Stampede website.

Blake Reid wrote a song as well. The video is below.

Washout closes Highway 263

Highway 263 in Prince Albert National Park has closed because of a washout.

The affected section of the highway is just inside the park boundary and southeast of the Cookson Road junction.

Drivers can still get to Waskesiu Lake from Shellbrook via Highway 240 however the route from Christopher and Emma Lakes to Waskesiu via Highway 263 is closed.

The park’s Canada Day celebration will be unaffected by the closure. However drivers will have to use Highway 240, also known as Cookson Road, or Highway 2 to access the Waskesiu town site.

Southern Alberta still open for Sask. tourist business

With the Canada Day long weekend underway, officials in Alberta are reminding Saskatchewan travelers that they are still open for business despite flood clean-up efforts.

Many roads are still closed in Southern Alberta where flooding hit the hardest, including in High River where some residents are just now being allowed back to their homes. Calgary is still without power in some areas, though in most areas it has been restored.

Localized flooding of roads and basements in Gainsborough

Heavy rain storms to the east have left people in Gainsborough by the Manitoba border dealing with a lot of water.

The storm system caused flash flooding in several towns in southwest Manitoba, but it also caught the southeast corner of Saskatchewan.

Duane McKay is the emergency manager for the province. He said they've been in contact with communities experiencing localized flooding, but so far there have been no calls for assistance.

"Most of the issues are roads that have been over topped and pooling of water," McKay explained.

Cumberland House evacuees could be out for weeks

It will be some time yet until the peak of the flood waters from Alberta flows into Cumberland Lake. This leaves an uncertain time line for when the evacuees of Cumberland House and the Cumberland House Cree Nation can return to their homes.

"We're managing or planning for a peak somewhere between the 10th and 15th of July," said Duane McKay, commissioner of emergency management and fire safety for Saskatchewan.

MAP: Outlining the river system from Alberta to Saskatchewan

With all of the attention on flooding rivers in Alberta, some people might be wondering where it all goes when it gets to Saskatchewan.

 To answer that question Patrick Boyle with the Water Security Agency offered up a quick geography lesson on how the rivers flow through the province from the west. He says it all starts in the southwest by the border with the Saskatchewan River.

“The Red Deer River, the Bow River and the Oldman River in Alberta feed into that,” Boyle explained.

PHOTOS: Regina residents pitch in for relief effort

As flood waters flow from Alberta into Saskatchewan, donations to help the flood-ravaged residents of several Alberta communities are flowing back.

A convoy of trucks, trailers and a motor home left from the Cree Land Mini-Mart in Regina Wednesday morning headed for the Siksika First Nation. 

"I come from a reserve about one hour south of there called the Blood Reserve, so we have a close relationship with them," said Beatle Soop, the man who initiated the donation collection at the mini-mart.

SK rodeo competitor believes Calgary Stampede will be normal

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.

North Saskatchewan River seeing higher flow than originally expected

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.

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