Residents of Moose Jaw are hoping their past experiences with flooding will help prepare them for what's to come in 2013.
Mayor Deb Higgins says the town has put in a lot of work; sand bagging all the necessary areas and in one case, evacuating a home near the Blackfoot bridge as a precaution. She said they are better at preparation and communication related to flooding than they were in 2011.
With temperatures set to hit double digits this weekend, communities in flood zones are bracing for rising waters.
As of Friday there are 10 different communities under states of emergency due to flooding
-Town of Maidstone
- Town of Radisson
- Village of Borden
- RM of Great Bend
- RM of Elfros
- RM of Wilton
- Poundmaker Cree Nation
- Sakimay First Nation
- Onion Lake Cree Nation
- Muskowpetung First Nation
- the RM of Fish Creek
The Beardy’s and Okemasis First Nation (BOFN) are preparing for what could be a potentially devastating spring runoff.
Dykes and sandbags have been deployed to protect vulnerable roads and homes in the rural parts of the community located several kilometres northwest of Rosthern.
The whole area is particularly vulnerable to flooding because of regional geography, said BOFN’s land manager Brian Seesequasis.
Some summer vacationers may have to look for other places to tie up their boats.
The Wapiti Valley Ski Resort located beside the North Saskatchewan River experienced massive flooding on the property, wiping out the summer marina area and damaging several pieces of property.
General Manager Brent Freedman said he first heard of the rising waters on Wednesday.
We're still waiting for that big weather warm up and melt here in Regina, but some areas of the city are already under water.
Just off 13th Avenue near the Regina International Airport, Rambler Park and the off-leash dog park would be considered one of those areas. Flood water has covered portions of the ball diamonds, the walking trail and sections of grass. Where there is no water, the ground is soft and very muddy, devouring the shoes of anyone who walks on it; and massive snow piles which have yet to be melted.
The cooler weather has put the spring runoff in Saskatchewan on hold for now.
When the mercury dipped on Tuesday, and continued to stay below seasonal into Wednesday, Patrick Boyle with the Water Security Agency says the melt has slowed for the most part. It's also causing the melting to happen in stages, rather than all in one peak as it usually does.
"It's a sign that things are coming in stages, rather than one large peak," said Boyle.
All signs point to the flood situation getting a lot worse before it gets better in Saskatchewan.
In Corman Park, the next 24 to 48 hours will determine whether Paul Happ and his family get to keep their home. Right now their house is surrounded by water on all sides.
"We are still in the house. We've shipped off our kids to a relative's. The kids aren't staying there. They're not dealing with the situation very well," said Happ.
Another Saskatchewan First Nation is declaring a state of emergency.
The Government of Saskatchewan says the Sakimay First Nation is the next to ring the alarm. However, Chief Lynn Acoose says the flood waters have not hit them just yet.
"It's nowhere near what we saw in 2011," she said.
"We're declaring a state of emergency as a precaution."
Sakimay sits right in the drainage area in the Qu'Appelle basin. The province says the communities of Sakimay, Shesheep, Littlebone and Minoahckak are affected.
What we hope will be winter's last grasp Tuesday has meant good news for the town of Indian Head.
On Sunday, an unfortunate risk for flooding meant a group of volunteers and town workers had to come together for sandbagging and other flood prevention measures.
Even workers from the rural municipality came out to help, cutting one of the grid roads in order to stop the pooling of water in that area. But today, thanks to the cooler temperatures, Mayor Sherry Karpa says the melting has been much more manageable.
The Saskatchewan Water Security Agency doesn't think this return of winter weather will have much of an impact on spring runoff.
The cooler weather has certainly slowed the melt that had begun last weekend, and continued into the week. Emergencies have been declared in the towns of Maidstone and Radisson, the village of Borden ,the rural municipalities of Great Bend and Elfros and the Poundmaker First Nation.
What about the snow?