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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.

PHOTOS/VIDEO: Progress continues in Sask. flood recovery

Nearly two and a half weeks after heavy rainfall led to devastating flooding in Saskatchewan's south east, progress is being made in the recovery.

On Wednesday morning, the province released an update in collaboration with several agencies and ministries.

Popular Kenosee waterslide out of commission after landslide

One of the most-popular attractions at Kenosee Superslides Waterpark is unavailable for visitors.

A landslide around the Free Fall slide has damaged part of it putting the popular slide out of commission for the foreseeable future.

"The hill had to be cut out to put that slide in in the first place, that had a little bit to do with it," General Manager Harvey Armstrong said."But the wet weather this year was atrocious."

E.coli advisory lifted for flooded Saskatchewan lakes

People can go back into the water at Last Mountain, Echo, Pasqua, Katepwa, Crooked and Round Lakes as the province ends its public health advisory regarding E.coli.

Saskatchewan Health had issued the advisory on July 8 after high levels of the dangerous bacteria were found in the water. On Tuesday, the province said water samples taken on Monday showed that E.coli levels had dropped to a safe level and in-water activities can resume.

City of Melville testing emergency awareness system

A Saskatchewan city is trying to be proactive when it comes to severe summer weather.
 
After being attached to city hall in Melville for decades, the city's siren was recently activated as part of a warning system. Mayor Walter Streelasky said it could be used in many situations.
 
"Things like fires, and now we just experienced a flood," he he explained, "but always at the back of that is the danger of tornados."
 

Province warns flood victims to beware of fraud

As claims for disaster assistance continue to come in for flooding damage, the province is warning people to watch out for fraud.
 
"What we want people to do is make sure that when they are doing things and repairing their homes, that they're using legitimate companies," said Karen Lautsch, Assistant Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Government Relations.
 
She said it's a good idea to talk with PDAP staff prior to signing off on repairs.
 

Ducks Unlimited worries drainage is making flooding worse

With many places in Saskatchewan's southeast trying to recover from the second major flood in three years, many people are asking why.

Ducks Unlimited Canada thinks the answer is farmers draining wetlands.
 
According to Ducks Unlimited, Saskatchewan is losing up to 28 acres of wetlands a day, equivalent of up to 14 football fields and 10,000 acres a year.
 

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