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In Watrous, Saskatchewan, surface flooding has caused damage to dwellings

Surface flooding causes damage to homes in Watrous, Saskatchewan.

Key Takeaways:

  • Due to a fast-moving storm system, Watrous streets were flooded, and many basements were demolished.
  • The Watrous-Manitou, the town’s local news outlet, published photographs online of streets flooded to the edges of multiple homes and businesses.
  • Manitou Beach is also considering requesting disaster assistance from the province, which would provide financial assistance to those who need it to repair the damage.

Watrous streets were flooded, and many basements were destroyed, thanks to a fast-moving storm system.

According to Orrin Redden, the town’s main administrative officer.

“We had about an inch or so of rain or so early Sunday afternoon, and then last night, approximately six or so, we received varied amounts but 2 inches or more in about half an hour,” Redden added, explaining how well the town’s storm drainage was overwhelmed by the rain.

“I believe it was just too much rain, too fast.”

The Watrous-Manitou, the town’s local news organization, posted photos online of streets flooded in water up to the margins of several residences and shops.

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While it’s too early to estimate how many residential properties were impacted, Redden told CTV News on Tuesday morning that the town office has received many calls from homeowners.

“I believe there will be a sizable number of (homes) with basement damage,” Redden predicted.

According to Redden, the community applies to the province’s Disaster Assistance Program.

“Assuming we get approval, property owners may be able to get some financial support for property restoration.”

DAMAGE TO MANITOU BEACH

A hotel in adjacent Mantou Beach is also largely submerged, according to photos uploaded online by the Watrous-Manitou.

Dahlen Poppl stated he heard rain on his condo’s roof Monday night while watching TV but didn’t think much of it.

“It was game over” when he witnessed the rainwater pool over the street and pour down towards his house.

Surface flooding causes damage to homes in Watrous, Saskatchewan.
Surface flooding causes damage to homes in Watrous, Saskatchewan. Image from iHeartRadio

“The garages already were about a foot and a half deep by the time we went downstairs,” Poppl recalled.

Dahlen, as well as his wife, Ashleigh, have been working hard to clean up the mess.

They have been pumping out the water and removing everything from their now-muddy garage.

The couple is currently struggling with insurance issues.

Poppl’s condo complex will require extensive repairs, according to Chris Boehm, a project supervisor with Saskatoon Disaster Services.

“There’s a lot of work,” Boehm said to CTV News.

“The concrete foundations have all been destroyed here,” says the narrator.

Manitou Beach is also considering asking for disaster aid from the province, which would provide people with financial assistance to repair the damage.

“It’s all been washed.” Manitou Beach Mayor Poppy Peterson told CTV News, “There isn’t a street in this community that isn’t damaged right now.”

Source: CTV News

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