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Crooked Lake pounded by hail, rain, high winds

 
The storm that passed across Saskatchewan on Saturday night has made a bad situation worse on Crooked Lake.
 
Carla Crozier owns a cabin on Grenfell beach and said she has never seen this kind of storm before.
 
"It started out with winds and rain and then it really picked up," she said.

PHOTOS/VIDEO: Tornadoes confirmed near Outlook, Kenaston

News Talk has confirmed a tornado which touched down just north of Outlook Saturday afternoon, as well as two others near the town of Kenaston.

Storm chaser Craig Hilts saw the first tornado touch down about 10 minutes north of Outlook just around 2:40 p.m. He then spoke to News Talk roughly 40 minutes later as two more tornadoes struck near Kenaston.

"It's the same storm just producing tornado after tornado after tornado," Hilts said.

Severe Thunderstorm Warnings, Watches for west central Sask.

Central Saskatchewan residents may want to consider indoor plans for Saturday evening after Environment Canada issued severe thunderstorm warnings and watches to a plethora of communities.

Severe thunderstorm warnings are in effect for areas around North Battleford, Kindersley, and Martensville.

24 centimetres of water moves toward Crooked Lake

Just under a foot of water is heading for the Qu’Appelle water system as it moves through an embankment and old rail crossing near the Pearl Creek dam.

Rumours that the Pearl Creek dam near Melville had breached are not true, according to Patrick Boyle with the Water Security Agency.

“These aren’t dams. We want to make that very clear,” Boyle said, adding the Qu’Appelle river system will rise 24 centimetres but the water will move through quickly.

Flooding shouldn't hamper weekend camping in Sask.

Despite all the water Saskatchewan has seen over the last week, it’s not anticipated to slow down visitors at provincial parks this weekend.

“We expect a really, really busy weekend,” explained Mary-Anne Wihak, SaskPark’s director of visitor experience.

Crooked, Round Lake to reach record water levels

Cabin owners at Crooked Lake and Round Lake are busily sandbagging before water levels hit record highs this weekend.

“I didn’t witness anything that I would say is falling into the lake but there are lots of cabins that are in the lake,” Duane McKay, commissioner and executive director of emergency management and fire safety, said about property on Crooked Lake.

Over the next few days, water levels are going to rise throughout the Qu’Appelle water system. Patrick Boyle with the Water Security Agency is most concerned about Crooked Lake and Round Lake.

City of Regina releases untreated wastewater into Wascana Creek

The heavy rain on the weekend has forced the City of Regina to take its wastewater bypass one step further as it released partially-treated and untreated wastewater into Wascana Creek.

Regina Cathedral Community Garden left flooded

Regina's Cathedral Community Garden off 13th Avenue on Regina's west end has been transformed into a swampy mess following the rainy weekend.

“It was water. Just all water,” said Tom Gartner, the volunteer in charge of the garden. “You couldn’t see plants. It was just lake. You could actually see ducks on the water.”

Gartner says he has spent the last several days pumping water off of the 3.2 acre plot. About 50 people are part of the community garden. Now they have to wait until it dries out before people can get out and start over.

City of Regina applies for PDAP designation

Homeowners and renters alike are coping with the aftermath of flooding over the long weekend.

"My daughters' rooms are downstairs. Everything is gone," said Jasmine Wesequate as she was cleaning her Regina home on Wednesday.

Wesequate is a renter. She says she doesn't have insurance--and neither does her landlord.

"Now, I don't know, we're just trying to deal with it right now," said Wesequate. "I don't know where else to turn."

PHOTOS/VIDEO: Premier Wall: flooding 'hard to fathom'

The premier has now seen some of the worst-damaged flood areas in south east Saskatchewan and he says it's hard to explain just how much water is left.

Brad Wall was in Melville and Carnduff on Wednesday to meet with mayors, town councillors and others impacted by the flooding. As of Thursday morning, 68 communities were under active states of emergency.

"Even if you see it, you have to convince your eyes what you're looking at," Premier Wall told reporters after having flown over the Melville area and touring the city on the ground.

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