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Saskatchewan hit by floods; STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARED

Photo: Waldsea Lake now reaches inside cabins
Photograph by : Richard Marjan, The StarPhoenix

April 23, 2007
Pumping crews worked around the clock on the weekend to save dozens of homes on a reserve northeast of Saskatoon, while residents near one lake were told to leave and forget about sandbagging. Roughly 100 emergency workers scrambled to patch leaks in the major dikes around the Red Earth First Nation, where flooding forced more than 600 people to flee on Friday.

The latest flood forecast is that water levels in Fishing Lake and Waldsea Lake will rise by up to 35 centimetres over the next two to three weeks. Both lakes are currently at record high levels and are expected to continue rising. On Fishing Lake, about 300 homes and cabins were in jeopardy and many were already flooded, but officials said it's too early to give a damage estimate. About 50 cabins on Waldsea Lake have also been flooded.
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