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04/30/2013 09:19 EDT | Updated 04/30/2013 10:00 EDT

Saskatchewan's Rising Floodwater Causes State Of Emergency In Five Municipalities

REGINA - Five Saskatchewan municipalities and one First Nation are under states of emergency because of rising floodwater.

Emergencies have been declared in the towns of Maidstone and Radisson, the village of Borden and the rural municipalities of Great Bend and Elfros, as well as the Poundmaker First Nation.

Elfros is in east-central Saskatchewan, while all the other communities are located northwest of Saskatoon.

Social Services says just over 50 people have been moved out of the Poundmaker First Nation and are being put up in hotels in surrounding communities.

The water is just beginning to flow in many areas because the melt has been delayed by colder-than-normal temperatures and was topped up today by more snow.

Patrick Boyle, with the Water Security Agency, says snow is better than rain because rain brings faster, higher peaks.

The agency has said the entire southern half of Saskatchewan will see water run-off levels above or well above normal. Run-off is expected to be very high and flooding is likely to occur from Moose Jaw to Indian Head, including Regina, and south past Weyburn to near the United States border. Saskatoon, Prince Albert and North Battleford are in the red zone as well.

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