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Popular Saskatchewan resort town's main beach closed; storm to blame

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WASKESIU, Sask. - Parks Canada has banned swimming at the main beach in Prince Albert National Park in Saskatchewan.

Pat Dunn says Monday's storm dumped a lot of rain and knocked out power, which affected the sanitation system in the town site of Waskesiu (wahs-kuh-SOO').

He says the lift stations were overloaded and a small amount of sewage backed up into Waskesiu Lake.

Dunn says the amount was small enough that the effluent could not be visually detected, but closing the main beach was the right move.

He says swimming will be banned at the main beach until the water is tested and comes back clean.

Dunn said all other beaches around the town site remain open for recreation.

The storm caused a lot of damage stretching from Lloydminister to Carrot River.

Winds of 130 kilometres per hour were reported at Meadow Lake. Trees fell on power lines, grain bins were knocked over and there was damage to a number of buildings.

Dave Cubbon, an agrologist at Cavalier Agrow in Meadow Lake, said there will be all sorts of cattle wandering loose due to downed fences.

"We got in our yard at Cavalier Agro, twelve 100 tonne bins that went over and it sounds like there damage to the Co-op store in town," he said.

To the southeast at Big River, a hailstorm during the supper hour damaged crops and gardens. Cleanup is also underway at the Delaronde Resort.

The resort community of Waskesiu was hit hard by hail. Some of the stones were as large as baseballs. Numerous businesses and vehicles have smashed windows.

James Parker with SaskPower said power was out in pockets and crews worked all night to restore electricity to most areas.

Parker says Meadow Lake has been hit particularly bad over the past few weeks with numerous power outages as a result of storms.

(CJME, CJWW)

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