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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.

After the storm: Five tales of flood recovery

Thousands of people have been impacted by the flood water that hit south east Saskatchewan last week. These are the stories of five people and how they are trying to cope with a devastating situation.

Returning home to a ruined basement

VIDEO: Farmer describes massive power of Outlook tornado

A farmer near Outlook feared his neighbours were dead after watching a tornado rip straight through their farm yard.

Chad Kubashek says he barely had time to run for cover when he realized what he was seeing.  He joined guest host Murray Wood on John Gormley Live on Monday to describe the experience.

“I thought that’s a nasty little dirt devil, it’s getting quite a bit of swirl. It went from that within seconds to the whole yard started turning into a vortex,” he said.

Province asking federal government for flood funding

Faced with a massive flood clean-up and recovery effort, the province is looking to the federal government for disaster assistance. 
Premier Brad Wall spoke with Prime Minster Stephen Harper about the flooding damage. Wall believes the cost to the province will be higher than the 2011 flood.

“Based on the widespread nature of this particular flood and depth of the infrastructure damage that’s occurred, we think the number will be a bit higher than $360 million,” he said.

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