Saskatchewan Disasters

Note: The following appeal is now closed.  You can support our ongoing work by donating to the Canadian Red Cross

 

High river flows, high soil-moisture conditions and above average rainfall have caused flooding in the southern part of Saskatchewan, while lack of moisture in the north is causing extreme fire hazards. Saskatchewan is experiencing extensive flooding and forest fires, impacting many families province wide. More than 3,000 people have been evacuated to date – over 1800 from flooding and over 1200 due to forest fires. Hundreds of other people have remained in their homes but have dealt with washed-out access roads and flooded basements.

Red Cross in Saskatchewan continues to provide assistance to flood-affected communities throughout the province.

Some of the hardest-hit communities are Carry the Kettle, Cowessess, Estevan, Lebret, Roche Percee, Sakimay, Standing Buffalo, Weyburn and Wollaston Lake where residents were forced to evacuate when flood waters threatened their homes and cut off access for many.  

As a result of evacuations due to disaster, Red Cross has supported governments in assisting flood affected communities and has registered thousands of individuals, provided information and distributed additional assistance such as clean-up kits to help families clean up their flood damaged homes. Some families who were not part of a large-scale evacuation order but still needed to temporarily leave their flooded homes were also provided with shelter, clothing and food as needed from Red Cross.

Red Cross will continue to support families as they recover during the weeks and months ahead.

Assistance provided by Red Cross is offered free-of-charge and is co-ordinated with governments, insurance and other organizations to ensure there is no duplication of assistance. The assistance provided to affected families may include: household repair and clean-up materials so families can move back into their homes; cribs, car seats, and high chairs; occupational support; replacement of lost freezer foods; and assistance in replacing essential prescription medications.

How you can help

Canadians wishing to support the Canadian Red Cross Saskatchewan Floods response or other disaster response efforts in Saskatchewan are encouraged to contribute by calling 1-800-418-1111, donating through redcross.ca, or contacting their local Red Cross office. Cheques should be made payable to the Canadian Red Cross, earmarked “Saskatchewan Disasters” and mailed to the Canadian Red Cross National Office, 170 Metcalfe Street, Suite 300, Ottawa, Ontario, K2P 2P2.

The Canadian Red Cross is currently responding to the Saskatchewan Floods, fires, and disasters in other communities across western Canada. Donations made to the Western Canada Severe Weather Fund in support of Saskatchewan disasters, will be used in Saskatchewan. Should donations exceed the needs in Saskatchewan, Red Cross will continue to support families experiencing disasters in other regions across Western Canada.