A roof collapse in Melville may have left a building in damage, but could have done much more damage if not for some well-timed precautions.
The owner of the Community Publishing Building, or CPL building as it was known, called the city's fire chief and building inspector around 4 p.m. Tuesday.
"Because there was some creaking and groaning and stuff going on in the building," explained chief Tyrone Mogenson
"It was very icy yesterday and today and as the snow melts, we'll be walking through a few inches of water," said Les Clayton, who added that he will need to park in the lot three times a day for the next month.
The City of Regina’s snow storage site has become a mountain of white with the weather we’ve had over the last four months. But as of Wednesday afternoon at 5 p.m., it’ll be closed.
“First and foremost is the safety of the workers and the people that are accessing the site at this time. It is getting fairly congested out there with the amount of snow that we have received over this winter with the record setting snowfalls,” said the city’s manager of winter maintenance Chris Warren.
There's a big push to get snow away from your foundation to avoid basement flooding, but what about your roof?
Rob Barlow with Dusyk and Barlow says they're getting two or three claims on leaking roofs and shingle damage caused by ice damming every day.
“We see basically a dam of ice that forms at the edge of the roof that holds back the water from getting into the eaves-troughs so that water goes back up the shingles,” he explained.
While the sun’s heat may feel like a welcome sign of spring, many people in Saskatchewan are bracing for a very wet Easter with a risk of flooding.
The City of Weyburn falls under an ‘above average’ risk for flooding with higher than normal spring run-off predicted by the Water Security Agency.
Weyburn City Manager Bob Smith says they've been working hard to get sand bags prepared and clearing snow.
A program known as the "the last stop at the station" for homeless people in Saskatoon houses those who have been turned away from other shelters on the coldest of nights.
Since being established through The Lighthouse Supported Living in January, the Out of the Cold shelter has given 60 to 70 different people a place to sleep for one or two nights.
It's called a "low barrier" shelter, which means very few people get turned away. For example they allow pets, have a storage room for large grocery carts, and are a bit more flexible in other ways.
In most yards, snow sits in huge piles waiting for warm weather to melt it away.
"I'm kind of scared this year," said Bruce Rempel from Sand & Stone Concrete Interiors in Saskatoon.
"It might be fun for the kids to play on, but it's not going to be fun when you're absolutely flooded out.”
A lot of people think that if water gets into their basement, there's something wrong with the basement or weeping tile. Rempel said that 99 per cent of basements in the province are damp proof, not water proof.
The province wants Saskatchewan farmers to strongly consider insuring their crops this year.
Agricultural Minister Lyle Stewart sent out a reminder to farmers to insure their crops before the March 31 deadline.
Stewart said with the possibility of flooding in the spring, crop insurance could be a life saver for many farmers.
Last week's high wind and blowing snow created a potentially dangerous situation at Midtown Plaza in Saskatoon.
Mall General Manager Sher Fleming says Paris Jewellers next to the food court had to be shut down after a large amount snow had settled on the roof over the store.
"Maintenance personal noticed a popped sprinkler head. As safety is the utmost concern in our shopping centre, they investigated further and noticed a sag in the roof," said Fleming.
If you look at the provincial budget, you will see funds set aside for forest fires, but none specifically for flooding.
Government Relations Minister Jim Reiter defends the decision on the grounds that it’s difficult to predict disasters, but forest fires are more consistent than floods.
“They tend to be more consistent because of a lightning strike there’s sort of a base-level of cost that you kind of know, whereas things like flooding – it’s so incredibly erratic,” Reiter noted.