It’s flood season. Yesterday, Dominion City became the first Manitoba community to declare a state of emergency to deal with the spring thaw and rains that have begun to raise water levels and threaten to flood some areas of the province.
Monday also brought an announcement from the federal government: it will share the cost of eligible expenditures incurred by Saskatchewan through the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements (DFAA) for damages caused by extensive flooding in the spring and summer of 2007.
Extensive spring snow melt and water run-off resulted in extreme high water levels from March through to November 2007. Many communities in the northeastern and east central parts of Saskatchewan were affected by the resultant flooding which severely damaged both public and private property. Initial estimates of the damages are in excess of $100 million.