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Regional flood centre will open in Carnduff

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Carnduff is one of six communities in eastern Saskatchewan that will have a regional flood recovery centre.

Carnduff's centre will be open on Tuesday, July 8 from noon to 9 p.m.; and July 9, 10 and 11 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Representatives at the centre will be from the Canadian Red Cross; Samaritan’s Purse Canada; Emergency Management and Fire Safety; Building Standards; the ministries of Government Relations, Social Services, Health and Agriculture; SaskEnergy; SaskPower; the Saskatchewan Water Security Agency; Environmental and Municipal Management services; the Emergency Flood Reduction Damage Program; and the Provincial Disaster Assistance Program (PDAP).

"A regional recovery centre is set up for those folks whose (disaster) response is basically over, they're looking at restoring their properties, maybe looking for assistance with insurance, provincial disaster assistance, agriculture, social services and any other needs that might be required at that particular time," Duane McKay from the Ministry of Government Relations said during a conference call on Monday.

McKay said the Carnduff area is moving towards recovery operations.

Centres will also be in Moosomin, Grenfell, Esterhazy, Balcarres, and Yorkton.

Other highlights from Monday's conference call were:

*McKay noted that they are working with three affected individuals from the Alida area, and people from Gainsborough. Fifteen Gainsborough residents are currently in hotels, and another 143 are receiving support for meals.

*There are 79 communities that have declared a state of emergency. Twenty-six communities are slated to have their emergency declarations expire.

*Progress continues to be made with highways in the southeast, but several remain closed: Highway 9 from Carlyle to the junction with Highway 8; Highway 318 between Highways 18 and 361; Highway 361 from the junction with Highway 318 to the Manitoba border; and Highway 18 from the junction with Highway 8 to the Manitoba border.

The closed portion of Highway 18 does have a temporary bridge east of Carievale so that area residents can access Gainsborough.

Temporary bridges are also located at Highway 18 east of Carnduff; Highway 13 east of Redvers, and Highway 8 at the Storthoaks access and south of Highway 361. These bridges are restricted to 20 tonnes, and are not intended for commercial traffic.

Doug Wakabayashi from the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure said a lot of the initial repair work to reopen highways is temporary in nature, so motorists can expect some soft spots, rough areas and locations where reduced speed is required.

*A total of 148 communities have approached the Provincial Disaster Assistance Program. Eighty-four designations were approved, 22 are pending and 42 are in the process of being approved.


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