'Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink.' The famous quote comes from 'The Rime of The Ancient Mariner' by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, a poem written way back in 1798.
However, it rather sums up the view after a week of the skies trying to make up for lost time. Several inches of rain accompanied by strong winds fell on the southeast, drenching the farmer's fields but flooding small communities in the area.
In the Town of Lampman, a state of emergency was declared, and both resident and non resident alike pitched in to help pump the water out.
"We're hearing different stories that we've received probably 10 plus inches of rain, so therefore we ended up with severe flooding within the town again. Lots of houses had water running in the basement windows. We had several trucks, I don't know how many, all over town. Trucks from surrounding companies in, trying to relieve the sanitary sewer system so it didn't back up. I understand we do have some houses that may have backed up somewhat," stated Administrator Greg Wallin.
As of noon on Sunday, some streets were still filled with water. Surrounding RMs, communities and private enterprises have once again stepped in to assist Lampman in getting the water out of town.
Meanwhile, the Town of Bienfait didn't get hit quite as hard, though the pumps were certainly utilized in many residences.
"We got an unexpected rainfall, and it was reported from 3 to 7 inches depending on which part of town you were in. We were certainly inundated with water, and overloaded some of our pumping facilities in our storm sewer and sanitary sewer. Our goal was to just try and get people to restrict their usage for a little while Friday night, and it seemed to work fairly well," said Mayor Paul Carroll.
They didn't reach a state of emergency, and he expressed his gratefulness to everyone for doing their part to ensure minimal damage.
"There's a lot of people with water in their basements and stuff like that, so we feel sorry for them and we empathize with their situation. Unfortunately, I think we're all in the same boat. I know for myself, my sump hasn't had water in it for a long time and it was pumping steady Friday night."