The most affected during this summer’s flooding of the Highway 2 area north of Prince Albert was Tim Longworth, whose property became inaccessible.
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An aerial view of the stretch of Highway 2 that was closed for the bulk of the summer due to high water running downstream from Anglin Lake, where the provincial government opened a dam to lower high water levels.
Worse yet, his family had to implement flood mitigation work themselves.
“Basically, it was a steady month,” he said. “The whole month of July was spent on fighting the flood -- just protecting our property.
“The biggest disappointment that I had is that I felt absolutely betrayed by the people entrusted to keep us safe.”
As he saw water creep closer to his property, it became obvious that flood mitigation work had to take place. After having his flood mitigation requests pushed from person to person, it became obvious that he had to do it himself.
“We bermed all around the back, from part of the north side all the way to the east side and at least have the south side,” he said. “I had to rent a big six-inch diesel pump out of Saskatoon … and start pumping out the yard, otherwise my house and shop were in serious jeopardy.
“I had to raise the service road up so I could raise the driveway up, and that in effect was part of the berm.”
The provincial highways department OK’d his work on the service road, and now he’s waiting on money from the province to help pay for this and Longworth’s berm and pumping work -- funding that comes with uncertainty.
The provincial government has told him that they’ll fund such flood mitigation work up to 85 per cent.
“But you have to jump through all of their hoops, and they make a determination as to what you did that you had to do,” he said.
“If I did something as a precaution that wasn’t really required, they won’t participate.”
The City of Prince Albert is in a similar boat when it comes to recouping costs at Little Red River Park, which has been closed as a result of flooding almost all season.
Mayor Greg Dionne said on Friday that the city is currently mapping out a plan of action to rehabilitating the park, and will submit a funding request to the provincial government.
The cost to the city has yet to be determined.
Dionne said that an announcement about Little Red River Park is set to take place early next week, at which time the Daily Herald will update readers on the latest information.
Buckland Reeve Don Fyrk said that things look much better while looking to future flood risks.
By the end of autumn, brand new registered ditches guiding water more directly to the North Saskatchewan River will be complete.
“Having all this work done this year, it’s going to prepare us for the next 100 years, because these will be registered ditches so no one can mess with them,” he said.
“We’re ready for whatever Mother Nature brings us now.”
This summer wasn’t easy, he said, but in the end things turned out well, with this year’s floods response serving as a starting point for future years.
“People were under a lot of stress -- not only RM and councillors, but everyone was under stress, but we all got through it.”