Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Cabins Get Clobbered by Trees and Waves as Storm Hits Swollen Saskatchewan Lake

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Cabins Get Clobbered by Trees and Waves as Storm Hits Swollen Saskatchewan Lake

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Storm on swollen lake batters cabins

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REGINA - Cottages on Crooked Lake were battered by trees and waves whipped up by the storm that hit Saskatchewan on Saturday night.

Carla Crozier, who owns a cabin on Grenfell Beach, says waves that were more than a metre high washed some cabins completely away.

She says there was also hail bigger than golf balls.

Many owners had spent the week preparing with sandbags as water levels swelled following heavy rainfall over a week ago in the Lower Qu'Appelle River watershed, but Crozier says it didn't stand up to the storm.

Provincial officials say Crooked Lake rose three centimetres Saturday night, but overall it has fallen eight centimetres from its peak.

Round Lake, meanwhile, rose five centimetres and was expected to set a record when it crests sometime Sunday or Monday.

"It's discouraging because we spent all week damming up properties. People put up tens of thousands of sandbags," Crozier said. "And all of that gave way due to this severe weather. …

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