News Release - September 11, 2000
UP TO $2 MILLION FOR FLOOD-DAMAGED ROAD REPAIRS
The province is prepared to spend up to $2 million to fix flood-damaged roads
and bridges in the Vanguard area following severe July flooding.
Highways and Transportation Minister Maynard Sonntag made the announcement in
Vanguard today, following a road tour. Repairs are nearing completion on some
of the affected highways.
"The floods cut a swath through areas in the southwest," Sonntag said. "We are
prepared to spend up to $2 million for highway repair work. Our assessments
are showing damages on some highways may not be as severe as originally
Highway 43 east and west of Vanguard, Highway 363 west of Hodgeville, Highway 4
and 13 in all directions around Cadillac, and Highway 4 north of Val Marie
received the most damage.
Flooding caused some sections of highways to experience major washouts, while
other sections received only minor erosion. While no bridges were lost in the
flooding, minor repairs are required on a number of culverts and bridges.
In total, 17 km of highways and 12 bridges will receive repairs.
To date, approximately $385,000 in repair work has been completed, primarily to
fix severe washouts on Highway 363, and right-of-way and shoulder erosion on
"Other work will be priorized and completed as quickly as possible to ensure
safe driving for motorists before winter freeze-up. Unfinished work will
resume next spring and summer," Sonntag said.
Meanwhile, the Provincial Disaster Assistance Program (PDAP), administered by
Saskatchewan Municipal Affairs, Culture and Housing, has so far received 112
applications for financial assistance from municipalities and residents of the
Vanguard area. PDAP has provided more than $104,000 in assistance so far.
The financial assistance from PDAP has enabled municipalities and residents in
the Vanguard area to repair, replace and restore roads, bridges, primary
residences and other uninsurable property to pre-disaster conditions.
For more information, contact:
Executive Director, Southern Region
Highways and Transportation