Arborfield digs in to face a flood

By Spencer Sterritt
July 13, 2016 - 6:41am Updated: July 13, 2016 - 7:35am

Emergency workers and dedicated residents are working around the clock to keep the small town of Arborfield from washing away.

Much of the town has been turned into a lake, with washed out roads and lawns turned to pools, due to intense rains on Monday, July 11. A state of emergency was declared by the R.M. of Arborfield Monday night and 400 residents were given evacuation notices at approximately 4 p.m. on June 12.

R.M. councillor Al Bronner said the priority was saving as many houses as they possibly could by sandbagging and building dykes around properties.

Workers on the ground estimated they’d laid more than 8,000 sandbags by 6 p.m. yesterday.

Many said they’d been working for more than 24 hours with only a few hours of sleep.

Local farmer Dave Lindsay said the flooding was “quite a bit worse” than any previous flooding in Arborfield.

“I never seen water like that before,” he said.

As of 12 a.m. Wednesday, July 13 no weather alerts are in effect for the area, and environment Canada forecasts a 40 per cent chance of light rain on Wednesday.

 

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