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3 Sask. men survive avalanche in Golden, B.C.

Two of three Saskatchewan men have been seriously injured after being caught up in an avalanche in southeast British Columbia.

Brendon Teichroeb (Yorkton), Roy Hutton (Saskatoon) and Matthew Taylor (Regina), all in their 20s, were on a snowboarding and skiing trip at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in Golden, B.C.

RCMP say the men were on a backcountry run for expert skiers called Terminator 2 when they went out of bounds and were caught up in the avalanche on Tuesday afternoon.

Sask. mom reflects 5 years after Haiti earthquake

Standing on the roof of an orphanage with the son she was finally adopting, Melanie Brundage watched as the world around her began to shake.

Five years ago, she was just outside Port-au-Prince in Haiti as a gigantic earthquake hit.

"We were traveling, expecting to sign court papers for Mike, our youngest son. We got there the day of the earthquake,"  Brundage said.

"It was the scariest thing that I've ever experienced obviously. You didn't know what was happening."

Schools conference kicks off in Saskatoon

An inspirational message for the people who head up Saskatchewan's schools.

C.J. Huff delivered the keynote address at a first-ever joint conference between the Saskatchewan School Boards Association (SSBA), the League of Educational Administrators, Directors and Supeerintendaents of Sasktchewan (LEADS) and the Saskatchewan Asssociation of School Business Officials (SASBO) held at Saskatoon's TCU Place.

Huff is the superintendent of schools in Joplin, Missouri. On May 22, 2011 he attended a graduation ceremony for high school students in his division.

Culvert repair to reopen Highway 22 near Kilally

A massive culvert is being installed on Highway 22 at a section that was washed out by flood waters this past summer.

The Ministry of Highways is working at putting the five-metre wide, 67-metre long culvert near the junction of Highway 47 at Pearl Creek. It will once again allow vehicles onto the road that washed out in early July.

“This summer’s flooding caused major disruptions to the provincial highway system,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Nancy Heppner said in a news release.. “We’ve been working to repair culverts, bridges and roads ever since."

Red Cross to provide grants to flood-impacted communities

The Canadian Red Cross is coming to the aid of flood victims in southern Saskatchewan by setting up the Community Projects Grant Program.

The program is aimed at repairing local services such as sport, recreational, and cultural facilities.

"They may have had, lets say, a park that was impacted by flooding or a skating rink that was damaged severely," explained Dave Kyba with the Red Cross. That is not all the program covers. People can get relief for damaged dance costumes, sports equipment along with destroyed power generators and sump pumps.

Moosomin applies for 3rd PDAP status

The town of Moosomin is again declaring a local state of emergency after another huge rainfall hit the southeast Saskatchewan community.

Around 100 millimeters of rain fell on the town Wednesday night through Thursday morning. It's the third time the town has seen significant rain this summer.

"We have applied to PDAP (Provincial Disaster Assistance Program) three times," said Larry Tomlinson, mayor of the 2,000-resident town. "We did a motion to apply again. People are getting fed up. There's people who have fixed their basements - this will be three times."

White City and Balgonie residents pull together after storm

Residents in communities east of Regina are continuing to clean up after a powerful storm system moved through Friday night.

On Monday morning in Balgonie, trees that had littered the streets over the weekend were mostly gone. They are now in neat little piles on many front lawns. Those branches and leaves are waiting to be collected by Al’s Tree Service.

“It’s pretty devastating for trees that’s for sure,” said Bruce Cameron with the company.

Clean up continues after weekend storm

The sky Monday morning showed no signs of the violent storm that blew through Regina and area Friday night, but damaged homes and trees sure did as the cleanup continued.

Sheldon Olech lives in White City and says he got hit pretty hard.

"It's like a big ball of wind just came through and just knocked everything, and it was laid down like matchsticks. They were all just in a nice and perfect line, where it came through it just sheared everything off."

Olech said almost all of his spruce, pine, and poplar trees are done.

UPDATE: Some still waiting for power after weekend storm

A severe thunderstorm with plow winds left thousands of homes without power in Rouleau, Regina, White City, Balgonie and Fort Qu’Appelle on Friday night.

Tyler Hopson with SaskPower says the crown called in all available crews to work throughout the weekend along with some contract crews to clear trees and restore power.

“It was a little bit more widespread than what we would normally see, so it resulted in fixing lots of small pockets of outages,” Hopson said.

Water Security Agency says research on wetland drainage not cut and dry

The Water Security Agency says the recent report linking higher water flows to the drainage of wetlands is not cut and dry, because many other scientific studies show little to no impact.

Patrick Boyle with the WSA clarifies that the flooding this year was entirely caused by the unprecedented rainfall on an already wet landscape in southern Saskatchewan. He also noted that this has happened before.

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