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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.

Section of Spadina to reopen next week

A section of road that was closed in Saskatoon's North End is expected to reopen next week.

Spadina Crescent and the Meewasin Valley Trail, north of Ravine Drive, have been closed since Jun. 21.

High river levels washed out the area and, according to the city, a lot of sand and debris ended up on the road.

The water level is getting back to normal and crews are out to assess the damage.

The city says it will pump any water that is left on the road before vehicle traffic is allowed.

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Shaunavon clean-up already under way

Broken tree branches littered the streets in Shaunavon Friday morning, but not for long as people headed out to clean up.

The town was hit by the edge of a tornado-producing storm Thursday night. And it came at a bad time too: the town is just two weeks away from it's centennial celebrations.

"Definitely some damage out there. But the town crews are out and on it, so I think we'll have it cleaned up in short order," said Wendy Thienes, centennial committee member.

In short, the committee isn't worried.

SK cowboy believes Calgary Stampede will be special after flood

After the devastating flooding in Alberta, many thought it was a show that would be cancelled for the first time in its 101-year history. However, organizers said—through shirts and a song--Come Hell or High Water the show would go on. On Friday, the Calgary Stampede kicked off the start of 10 days.

Originally from Pelly, Saskatchewan, Chase Bourque is following in his grandfather’s and father’s steps by competing in the Stampede. Bourque will be competing in novice saddle bronc.

Saskatoon musicians raise money to help after Calgary flooding

Members of Saskatoon's music community are holding a benefit concert to raise money for Calgary flood relief.

When flooding quickly engulfed Calgary, there were quite a few Saskatchewan bands in the city's downtown.

"At the time of the Calgary flooding, my band was actually there," said Chris Morin, one of the organizers of the Calgary Flood Relief Fundraiser.

He was staying in a downtown hotel with the rest of his band Slow down, Molasses. They were there to play the Sled Island Music Festival which eventually was cancelled.

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.

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