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Farmers tackle flooding

Water sloshes around Jace Brown's waist as he walks through his farmyard in the far southeastern corner of Saskatchewan, near the village of Carievale.

Brown's land was submerged when a deluge of rain over the weekend caused widespread flooding in eastern Saskatchewan and western Manitoba.

"We're surrounded here," Brown said Wednesday. "We got a lot of stuff flooded out."

He said he thinks communities cut through roads to ease flooding north of his land and that sent water south.

"It just pushed it all in here so fast that the bridge south of here couldn't take it."

Everything is under water except his house, which was saved because people in the community rallied to build a sandbag wall.

Carievale, population 250, was one of two Saskatchewan communities that remained cut off Wednesday. Access was also lost to the village of Gainsborough, population 300. People in both communities had been urged to leave earlier in the week.

Colin King, Saskatchewan's deputy commissioner of emergency management, said roads to Gainsborough were "totally impassable," but that was only part of the problem.

"As well, many, many, many of the homes there were severely impacted with overland flooding. There would be basements with a lot of water in them. There could be sewage backup," King said Wednesday.

Emergency officials warned water levels were still rising in many areas of the southeast.

Flooding was still a threat to the hospital in Melville, Sask., about 145 kilometres northwest of Regina. A rising creek behind the facility led to a full-scale evacuation Tuesday of more than 150 acute-care patients and long-term residents.

Patrick Boyle with the Saskatchewan Water Security Agency said there will be "significant peaks" in water systems as the flood moves downstream, especially in the Lower Qu'Appelle River watershed, which extends from Regina to the Manitoba boundary.

The Canadian Press

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