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Wet weather headaches not over in southern Saskatchewan

Heavy downpours across southern Saskatchewan on Wednesday left many people bailing out their basements on Thursday.

Regina got about an inch and a half of rain while other areas of the province had even more. Regina police event reported that several cars had been stranded on roads Wednesday night after drivers ventured into water that was too deep.

Mike Payne with Restorex Disaster Restoration says the company is now getting swamped with dozens of phone calls about flooded basements between Moose Jaw and Regina.

Heavy rain leaves people with flooded basements south of Swift Current

Some people south of Swift Current are dealing with some flooding after two to three inches of rain fell in a short period of time Tuesday.

Terry Palaschak is on the council of the R.M. of Val Marie and says he’s been fielding calls all day from people with flooded basements.

“Basically the whole R.M. is getting it," Palaschak said. "The storm has let up now but we were so saturated from before because in the last 10 days, we’ve had probably four inches of rain spread out through the R.M.”

Gardiner Dam flow increased to prepare for Alta. rain

With rainfall warnings in southern Alberta, a warning to keep an eye on the South Saskatchewan River from the Water Security Agency (WSA).

Outflow from the Gardiner Dam was increased Tuesday from 380 to 900 cubic metres per second.

"This is in response to the heavy rainfall that is happening right now in southern Alberta," said WSA spokesperson Patrick Boyle. 

Boyle said the increase is still well below the South Saskatchewan's  flow from last June. At that time, massive inflows caused the dam to be opened up to 2,000 cubic metres per second.

PHOTOS: Flash thunderstorm floods Saskatoon streets

A super charged, heavy downpour flooded streets across Saskatoon late Monday afternoon.

The City said its storm system experienced a surge which caused several manhole covers to pop off.

In a statement, they advised drivers to avoid moving through deep puddles if possible, and to otherwise use caution and reduce their speeds. Crews have been brought in to replace manhole covers and clear flooded roadways. In the meantime, flood-related concerns can be reported to dispatch at 306-975-2476.

What should you pack in an emergency kit for natural disasters?

Matches, tape, Tums and bottled water may sound a bit like a MacGyver wish list, but these are all things the province is urging people to pack up during Emergency Preparedness Week.

The idea is for people to pack a kit that would help them survive for 72 hours without help in the case of an emergency or a natural disaster.

SK Red Cross urging families to be prepared

The Canadian Red Cross is urging people to take steps to be prepared as it sees an increasing number of people needing help after disasters.

45 residents evacuated from James Smith Cree Nation

Flooding on James Smith Cree Nation has forced 45 residents out of their homes.

As of Wednesday, Chief Justin Burns said evacuees were in Melfort.

“We’re going to be in Melfort here as soon as we’re done looking after this one person that is stuck right now,” he said. Once in the city they’ll be addressing any concerns of the evacuees as well as working on meal vouchers.

In the community, crews have been working on putting berms in place to protect one of the roads.

James Smith Cree Nation still under state of emergency

The state of emergency on James Smith Cree Nation is still in effect as water levels continue to rise and are now covering one of its main roads.

The band is looking to evacuate residents living in 16 units that are impacted by impassable roads.

Chief Justin Burns said the first group of residents to be evacuated have their belongings packed and are ready to go.

“We have to get the final initial stages process approval from Red Cross in order for our people to be evacuated,” he said, adding the water levels are rising due to the Carrot River.

Slow melt has helped ease spring runoff

The government says the worst is yet to come for some areas of Saskatchewan that are at risk of flooding this spring.

The latest, and last, flood forecast of the season was released on Tuesday. It showed that the runoff has wrapped up for much of the southern region.

John Fahlman, a hydrologist with the Water Security Agency, says the spikes and drops in temperatures have helped slow the melt.

UPDATE: Regina crews clean up after Cathedral streets flood

Sidewalks within a several block radius have been left coated in ice and at least 12 homes are without water after the city's biggest water main break yet flooded streets Tuesday night.

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