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SCHR helps region cope with floods

Sun Country Health Region is working with municipal officials and provincial government ministries to reduce the impact on residents of flooding in the Region this past weekend.

“Sun Country Health Region (SCHR) sympathizes with all those people whose lives are disrupted and whose property is damaged as a result of the flooding,” says Janice Giroux, Vice President of Community Health for the Region.

 “We are responding with health care expertise and material support wherever possible,” she says. The Region’s Emergency Operations Centre was activated on the weekend.  

  • Staff from St. Joseph’s Hospital helped set up the city’s reception centre and volunteered during the weekend there. EMS staff assisted with evacuations and others are working with the city’s Emergency Measures Organization.
  • Mental health specialists trained in psychological first aid are visiting the reception centres in Weyburn and Estevan to offer support. They will continue to be available on an ongoing basis.
  • Public health inspectors have provided advice about safe drinking water to all businesses and agencies in Weyburn and to residents through the Region’s website at   They are providing advice to other municipal officials where water and sewer facilities were affected by flooding.

No health care facilities in the cities of Weyburn and Estevan or surrounding communities are impacted by the weekend flooding, with the exception of Radville Marian Health Centre and Weyburn Special Care Home.

Radville Health Centre continues to care for residents, in spite of the failure of water and sewer facilities, as it has done for several weeks. Some community residents also went there for shelter during the weekend.

Weyburn Special Care Home is back to normal Monday after its basement was flooded on Friday. No residents were evacuated.

“SCHR will continue to work with our partners to deal with the emergency as effectively as possible,” says Mrs. Giroux.

Posted June 20.  

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