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Highway 2 washed out north of Prince Albert

A section of Highway 2 approximately eight kilometers north of Prince Albert has washed out where it crosses the Little Red River.

Northbound and southbound traffic is being rerouted along Highway 55 and Pulp Haul Road. The ministry of highways says signage, barricades and message boards are in place.

Local traffic is being allowed through the affected area but no vehicles are being allowed to cross the Little Red River bridge.

Province evacuates Cumberland House as S. Sask River swells

As water streams into the South Saskatchewan River from Alberta, the province of Saskatchewan will be evacuating the community of Cumberland House as they plan to open floodgates to let more water out of Lake Diefenbaker.

Saskatchewan’s Water Security Agency (SWSA) said in a press release that rainfall in Alberta is causing the South Saskatchewan River to flow at more than 12 times its average rate.

UPDATE: Residents near S. Sask. River to see rising water from Alberta

As water streams into the South Saskatchewan River from Alberta, the community of Cumberland House will need to be evacuated by Monday as Saskatchewan’s Water Security Agency (SWSA) prepares to open floodgates along Lake Diefenbaker.

The South Saskatchewan River is expected to be flowing into the lake at 12 times its normal level by Monday.

Banff Marathon cancelled due to floods

Due to the state of emergency resulting from extensive flooding in southern Alberta, the Banff Marathon Organizing Committee has announced the cancellation of the inaugural Banff Marathon.

The decision came after reviewing many factors including safety, accessibility to Banff, the condition of the race route, and the allocation of local resources.

Although conditions in the national park itself are currently not as severe as surrounding areas to the east, access to Banff has been compromised by faults in the Trans-Canada Highway, the main artery into the park.

Saskatchewan Red Cross taking donations for Alberta flood

Hundreds of thousands of people in Alberta can't go home and have nothing to take with them thanks to the flooding, but the Red Cross has already sprung into action.
 
If people in Saskatchewan want to help Kim MacLean, the provincial disaster management lead with Canadian Red Cross, said financial donations are best.

PHOTOS/VIDEO: Scenes of flooding in southern Alberta

Flood waters hit southern Alberta hard and fast on Thursday washing out roads, houses and forcing thousands to evacuate.

The communities hit the hardest were High River, Canmore and 100,000 people are being evacuated from the low-lying areas of Calgary.

The Saskatchewan Red Cross is taking donations targetted toward helping the victims of flooding in Alberta. CLICK HERE to learn how you can donate.

Bell of Batoche could soon return to Saskatchewan

The mystery surrounding an important Métis artifact could soon be solved.

An announcement about the Bell of Batoche is planned for later Friday and it’s expected to provide information about the whereabouts of the 20 pound piece of history.

The story of the bell begins in 1885 after Canadian soldiers defeated Louis Riel’s forces at the North-West rebellion in Batoche.  Along with other spoils of war, they took the bell, which was hanging at the top of Batoche’s Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue Church.

Hamlet in Alberta evacuated due to flooding

The rain and rising water levels washed out bridges and prevented people from returning to their homes in Alberta today.

Bragg Creek, just west of Calgary, the Elbow River swelled, taking out houses and cars, and causing a mandatory evacuation order of the hamlet of 600.

“The river has never been like this, I watched a house get picked up and get slammed into the concrete bridge, the center abutment. It got slammed in there and it broke apart like it was a little toy,” said Tom Walker, a photographer and resident of the area.

Damaged cable cuts Sasktel internet service

Logging on to the internet might have been a little difficult for you this afternoon.

Sasktel confirmed a major fibre was cut between Vancouver and Calgary -- which has affecting all of Saskatchewan.

While it seems a little strange that something in Alberta or BC would mean Saskatchewan's service is out, Michelle Englot with Sasktel said it depends on where the traffic from particular websites is routed through.

Update: Internet disruptions over for most of Saskatchewan

SaskTel customers across the province experiencing slow Internet connections can expect services to return to normal.

"As far as we know there has been a major fibre cut between Vancouver and Calgary affecting our internet transports so it is causing issues for most Internet services across the province," said Michelle Englot with SaskTel.

"For the most part any websites such as Facebook, where the traffic would have been routed through the Vancouver IP router, did need to be redirected."

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