Flood preparations working says Buckland Reeve

Jason Kerr
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Flooding concerns in the Prince Albert area have not extended to the RM of Buckland.

The area suffered from extensive flood damage last year, but Reeve Don Fyrk says this spring has been much drier.

“I think we are pretty happy with the way it’s going.  The only thing is right now we’ve got a big frost boil that’s popped up through the White Star Road.  We’re repairing it right now, but other than that I think all the flooding is under control.”

After suffering through wide-spread flooding last year, the RM decided to take a more proactive approach to the problem this year, building four new ditches to help deal with excess water.

Fyrk credits that planning with making this spring better for everyone.

“It’s a 100 per cent improvement this year,” he says.  “Last year at this time we were under four feet of water.  This year’s excellent.”

The city of Prince Albert is taking precautionary measures around Little Red River Park in the north end of the city.  That area borders the RM, but so far they haven’t noticed any major issues.

Fyrk says he’s not overly worried about any problems that might occur as the spring thaw continues.

“I’d say I have a confidence rate of about 85 per cent,” he says.  “It’s never 100 per cent.”

With more than 3,500 people in the R.M. there are plenty of eyes keeping a close eye on the new ditches.  There are also a lot of people to keep happy, but Fyrk says he hasn’t heard any complaints.

“The ratepayers look pretty happy,” he says.

Geographic location: White Star Road, Little Red River Park

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