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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

Peak season for nuisance mosquitoes in Saskatoon

It’s peak season for mosquitoes in Saskatoon.
Right now, the numbers are comparable to the same time last year.
"I think the cool weather in May and June kind of helped because we did get an extreme amount of precipitation. But ... suddenly things are building because it's getting warmer out," Jeff Boone, pest management supervisor with the City of Saskatoon, said.

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.

Tornado in Sask. wedding photos goes viral

A Saskatchewan couple's wedding photos have gone viral online after a tornado photo-bombed the shoot.

Saskatoon photographer Colleen Niska was taking pictures of the couple by their farm near Davidson on Saturday after the wedding.

"This is really close to their farm where they got married... We spotted the funnel cloud and decided to jump out and take some pictures," she said.

"It was right where we were doing pictures anyway. So we were like 'well lets get out and take this shot because why pass this up kind of thing.'"

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.

Record levels at Round Lake

Round Lake is at record-setting levels.
The province said the lake rose five centimetres thanks to the storm on Saturday night.
"As a result the forecasted peak for Round Lake has been increased to 445.75 metres," said Patrick Boyle with the Water Security Agency.

Baseball-sized hail pummels couple's home in Imperial, Sask.

Norman Lucas and the family dog were home alone, about a mile and a half west of Imperial, Sask, Saturday afternoon when the celestial chaos began.

The skies grew dark and the wind bent trees before the clouds began raining hail. What started as pea-sized drops pecking at the ceiling soon grew into baseballs crashing through the roof and denting the yard like giant ice meteors.

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.
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