Flood­ing causes lo­cal­ized dam­age

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Pa­trick Ko­lafa

A num­ber of homes were dam­aged by ris­ing wa­ter as ice broke up on the Rosebud River and the Red Deer River.

It was a har­row­ing Satur­day af­ter­noon for res­i­dents along the Wayne Road and into Rosedale as the Rosebud River pushed wa­ter and ice over the banks and into homes. Wa­ter cov­ered High­way 10X, just beyond the first bridge.

The Rosedale camp­ground was sub­merged along with sur­round­ing yards. It is un­clear at this point how many homes were dam­aged. While it ap­peared that the wa­ter was falling overnight, on Sun­day morn­ing, an ice jam in the Red Deer River cause wa­ter to rise again. Shortly be­fore 10 a.m., the ice jam near Rosedale broke and the Rosebud and Red Deer Rivers in this area re­treated.

Adam Hen­rick­son has owned a home on the Wayne Road for just over a year. He held on as long as he could on Satur­day night be­fore he evac­u­ated his home.

“It flooded my base­ment, and was spilling over the road at about two and a half feet at 4 a.m.,” he tells the Mail. “I was sleep­ing on the couch, and when I saw wa­ter creep­ing in the front door I gave up.” He also alerted his neigh­bour to the flood­ing. He said neigh­bours in the area came to­gether dur­ing the flood to help one an­other. Gal­lagher Truck­ing brought equip­ment and at­tempted to build a berm around some of the homes. In the days that fol­low­ing, neigh­bours helped each other pump out foun­da­tions and clean up. Sadly, Hen­rick­son's home was razed by fire on Tues­day morn­ing.

Along the Red Deer River, the ice con­tin­ued to cause con­cerns on Sun­day.

Mayor Terry Yemen says that the flood­ing is lo­cal­ized due to ice jams, and is not re­lated to the man­age­ment of the Dick­son Dam.

Through­out the day, the Town mon­i­tored the wa­ter­ways from strate­gic lo­ca­tions in or­der to keep tabs on its flow and lev­els. In some area of the river, the ice con­tin­ued to build, how­ever shortly af­ter 1 p.m. the ice jams re­leased and river lev­els sub­sided.

Emer­gency ser­vices are ask­ing peo­ple, for their own safety, to keep clear of the Red Deer River and its trib­u­taries.

Res­i­dents along High­way10X saw wa­ter lev­els rise dam­ag­ing homes, and (in­set) Keith Hodg­son pro­vided an im­age of the high wa­ter Sun­day morn­ing cover­ing the high­way.

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