Rising waters along Moose Jaw River in Wakamow

07:33 Apr 15 2011 Valley View, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

The Saskatchewan Watershed Authority has said a number of times that the worst is over along the Moose Jaw River. Residents of Churchill Park and River Park, might have something to say about that today.

The river breeched its banks again on Thursday forcing the Moose Jaw Fire Department to put out the call for volunteers to try and sandbag some trouble spots. The good news is that their work appears to be holding strong. The bad news is the river doesn't appear to be letting up and the water is slowly seeping into the residential area.

Deputy Fire Chief Rod Montgomery says residents are still on evacuation notice but they did have to help some people to safety yesterday and early today with their boat. "It's (water) starting to encircle some of the homes and we did take out one family this morning."

While the flood waters are approaching homes, Montgomery says no major damage has happened just yet. However, he says the threat is there. One main concern right now is the fact that the sewer system is overwhelmed with water and basements could be flooded if the system backs up. A lot of residents have sump pumps but if those fail, there could be some serious problems.

Residents of the valley are not the only ones affected by the water. The main bridge across the Moose Jaw River in Wakamow is closed to traffic because of the high water levels. Lorne Avenue, that leads past the refinery and up to Chateau St. Michael is also under water and that means residents up on the hill over looking Wakamow will need to use the grid roads to the south in order to get into the city. 7th Avenue SW, leading to Valley View, is also under water and staff will need to use Highway 2.
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