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Mandatory evacuation order for Gainsborough

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The Carnduff RCMP has issued a mandatory evacuation order for the village of Gainsborough, due to the heavy rains and flooding that have submerged much of southeast Saskatchewan.

According to the RCMP, the fire department is going door to door to notify residents, however, it is up to a resident whether they leave or not.

"The Carievale school, (the) Carnduff school and (the) Carnduff Legion will be taking people in and there will be food available," the RCMP stated in a news release.

Gainsborough is a community of about 300 residents in the southeast corner of Saskatchewan. It is the oldest incorporated village in the province.

Highway 18 east of Gainsborough to the Manitoba border is closed, and Highway 18 from Gainsborough to Carievale is becoming washed out. The grids in the area are also washing out. 

According to the Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways, the following highways were closed as of Sunday night:

*Highway 13 from Carlyle to the Manitoba border;

*Highway 318 from Carnduff to the junction with Highway 361;

*Highway 361 from the junction with Highway 318 to the Manitoba border;

*A portion of Highway 18 between Gainsborough and the Manitoba border;

*Highway 8 from the junction with Highway 18 to the junction with Highway 361.

*Highway 48 from the junction with Highway 8 to the Manitoba border.

Highway 8 from the junction with Highway 361 to Redvers was closed earlier in the day, but according to the Ministry of Highways, it is open again. But motorists are urged to drive slowly due to water on the road and surface breaks.

Other highways in the southeast are also reporting water on the road.

Redvers reportedly received 175 millimetres of rain (seven inches) since Friday night.

Numerous municipalities have declared a state of emergency, including Carnduff, Maryfield and the RM of Mount Pleasant. More are expected to declare.

Many other communities in the province are under a state of emergency, and other highways are closed.

A rainfall warning remained in effect as of Sunday evening.


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