Saskatchewan hospital evacuated as flooding continues in Prairies

More than 150 acute care patients and long-term residents have been moved from a hospital in eastern Saskatchewan because of flooding.

More than 150 acute care patients and long-term residents have been moved from a hospital in eastern Saskatchewan because of flooding.

Emergency officials in Saskatchewan say water is going around a dam in the city of Melville, 145 kilometres northeast of Regina, and that’s causing a creek behind the hospital to rise.

Emergency management commissioner Duane McKay says the water has not entered the hospital and crews are building a berm to make sure it doesn’t reach the building.

More than 500 people have been forced to leave their homes in eastern Saskatchewan and western Manitoba because a deluge of rain caused widespread flooding.

That number will likely rise as officials started asking people living along the river in Virden, Man., to leave their homes last night.

Meanwhile, the number of communities under states of emergency has jumped to 53 in Saskatchewan and sits at 31 in Manitoba.

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