Flooding causes localized damage
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.