By August 2016, Saskatchewan had two weeks of rain in its entire year. Drizzle and endless spots of fog were to be expected, but at 3.26 inches, it broke a record from 1922, according to The Weather Network. In fact, the province, most people say, was even forecasted for more rain and wind before any organized storm. But Mother Nature didn’t show any mercy, and the heavy rain blanketed many fields to the southeast and northeast in the tri-city region of Saskatoon, Prince Albert and Regina.
By the end of the week, over 150,000 saskatchewan households, buildings and vehicles were flooded. Farmers could hardly find enough soil to use in harvesting. The effects of the rain were devastating: $117 million in damages were reported, according to the Canadian Bankers Association, and it took millions of dollars in clean-up efforts from a provincial disaster to avoid more long-term problems, including crops yielding below normal levels and commercial property damage. But the damage didn’t stop there: cattle herds were affected; spring cropping activity was disrupted, including from the grazing land of wild horses, the largest protected herd in the world. Businesses including banks, retailers and restaurants were flooded out.