Melting snow in the wake of one of the most severe winters in the history of Canada's wheat belt has causes widespread flooding in Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
Aerial views flooded farmland (5 shots)
AV Moose Jaw flooded
SV (Ground shots) flooded streets (2 shots)
MV & SVS People filling sand bags (2 shots)
LV ZOOM INTO GV FLOOD Waters
GV Lumsden flooded houses
SV Man pulls people in canoe through water, others rescued (3 shots)
GV PAN FLooded area
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Background: Melting snow in the wake of one of the most severe winters in the history of Canada's wheat belt has causes widespread flooding in Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
Latest reports say the floods are starting to ease, but residents face a huge job clearing up. Emergency workers have toiled for days to keep swollen rivers bursting their banks and flooding a number of towns in eh heart of the wheat belt.
The town of Lumsden, just north of Regina, Saskatchewan, is surrounded by water and outlying areas of the town are already under water.
In Manitoba, Indian reserves in low lying areas are affected and 700 Indians have been evacuated. no loss of life has been reported.
Disaster services officials have warned that there is still a great deal of winter snow to melt and a spell of sunny weather could worsen the situation.