REGINA – Water levels remain high across southeastern parts of the province, including in the Dysart area where one home remains completely surrounded by water.
Lorne Braumberger said water began flowing through his yard at the end of June.
“It’s heart wrenching,” said Braumberger. The farm has been in the family for more than a hundred years and the home was built in the 1970s. “The house now has been surrounded by water for two months, ten days.”
However instead of receding, Braumberger said the water level continues to rise.
“We had water do that before but never to this extent,” he said. “I didn’t think it would get this high.”
Braumberger blames a culvert, installed north of his property in 2010, for sending the water in his direction.
“Water shed (Water Security Agency) has not given us any correspondence that the RM is at fault to the terrible situation that Mr. Braumberger’s in,” said Corey Senft, Reeve for the RM of Lipton. “It’s a three kilometre pump, which makes it a very expensive pump and we’re waiting for permits and so-on and so-forth, but we are close to starting.”
Braumberger said he has received help from the Red Cross and he’s applied to the Provincial Disaster Assistance Program.
Since April, the south east corner of the province had roughly 200 per cent above the normal amount of precipitation.
The Water Security Agency said some areas are still dealing with flooding: “Those are areas that really have no good natural drainage or an outlet for water to go. Many areas are surcharged or full,” explained Patrick Boyle.