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Nearly three-quarters of Wheatland County roads affect- ed and damaged by overland flooding have now been re- paired, county officials said. The recen t melt of heavy sn owpack brought o n by w arm- er temperatures within southern Alberta resulted in a state of emergency for communities such as Siksika Nation, Leth- bridge, Vulcan County and the Municipal District of Taber , prompting the closure of hundreds of roads and some stretches of highway. Within Wheatlan d County, the ov erland flooding also led to the evacuation of several homes in Carseland, while wa- ter encroached on the High Eagle RV Park campground near Rosebud, and damaged some homes in Carseland and Gleichen through sewer back-ups. Despite receding water levels, many rural properties and fields continue to deal with flooded areas. “We had some overland flooding throughout the coun- ty,” said Mike Ziehr, manager of transportation and utili- ties with Wheatland County. “Roads throughout Wheatland County experienced overland flooding, and many were damaged by the water. As of Monday, 75 per cent of repairs are completed and any areas where there is damage is well marked.” Nearly 100 roads were found under water throughout the county, as well as the High Eagle RV Park in Wheatland County which experienced flooding on April 23. Although water has receded, the owners are now faced with cleaning up the mud and sludge. According to Ziehr, no homes were damaged in Rosebud from high water levels in the Rosebud River. On Saturday evening, approximately 15 homes were evacuated in Carseland. The families affected found refuge at the reception centre that was closed at 11:30 p.m. when all evacuees were allowed back into their homes. Carseland also fell victim to more flooding the following day; howev- er, water receded quickly and has not returned since. Despite the long-awaited snowmelt, a few days later on April 26, Carseland once again registered on the Wheatland County radar, this time for a grassfire in the south end of the village at roughly 2:10 p.m. “It was quickly brought under control in a matter of hours by the Carseland and Wheatland West fire stations, in coordination with the Gleichen fire department as well as the Langdon and Arrowwood departments,” said Judy Un- sworth, fire and emergency management coordinator with Wheatland County . “We are advising people to be very cautious with any per- mitted burning. Despite the melting and overland flooding, the grass remains dry and there is a risk of fire. Currently there is no fire ban in place, but we are closely monitoring conditions and will issue a ban if necessary in the near future.”

Each year in May, youth volunteers throughout Wheatland Cou nty and across the pro vince do their part to help clean up Alberta’s highways. This yea r, the ann ual highwa y cleanu p takes place this Saturday, May 5. Many 4-H clubs from Strathmore, Rockyford, Stan- dard, Hussar and Cheadle, and other not-for-profit children’s clubs throughout Strathmore and Wheat- land County, will be spending Saturday in the ditch- es, picking up garbage and cans to help clean up Alberta’s roadways as part of th e Governm ent of A l- berta’s an nual highwa y cleanup p rogram. Participants must be at least nine years of age and all participants are provided with all necessary materials including safety manuals, safety vests and garbage bags. Although safety materials will be provided to the participants, and children must go through a safe- ty manual before cleaning the highway, part of the child’s safety may boil down to the driver’s respon- sibility to slow down while passing cleanup crews. Each club is designated a specific section of high- way that mu st be cleaned up on both sid es (exclud- ing the median on divided highways) for the total number of kilometres designated. All sections of highway being cleaned will be marked with temporary road signs facing both di- rections marking that highway cleanup is underway. All clubs will also run a pilot truck just ahead of the participants with highway cleanup signs on and flashers on to warn approaching drivers cleanup is happening in that area. However, several 4-H parents noted that drivers slowing down while passing is the key to safety. “People are way better nowadays; people slow down and recognize kids are out there cleaning the highway,” said Michelle Lalonde, key leader in the Wheatland district with the 4-H Foundation of Al- berta.

Staff and students at Wheatland Crossing School swelled with pride last week, as Wheatland County officials unveiled the municipality’s new flag at the school for the first time – an op- portunity made possible owing to the design skills of one of the students. Adam Baxter, who teaches robotics, new media, photography and comput- ers, encouraged his students to enter the Wheatland County flag contest at the end of last year. Wheatland Crossing school submitted 80 entries, and Grade 7 student Rosina Christensen ’s design stood out of a total of 95 entries throughout the county that aimed to replace Wheatland County’s current flag. “As luck would have it one of our students was able to win that contest … it’s meaningful because when you’re driving down the roads of Wheatland County, as you look up and see that flag waving, you’ re going to know the per- son who designed it,” Baxter said to a gym full of students. “Design is impor- tant because it affects lives everywhere that we go. I think if we can get kids interested in design and being involved in design they’ll start making a differ- ence in our schools, in our communities and in our province.” Wheatland County Reeve Glenn Koes- ter and Councillor Jason Wilson were in attendance on April 25 to reveal the flag .

Christensen’s design showcases two of the county’s prime industries: grain and cattle. The flag depicts a white cow’s head representing the cattle industry, while the yellow wheat beh ind is bas ed on the grain industry. A royal blue back- ground aids in helping the two symbols stand out. Wilson and Koester thanked Baxter and the students for their efforts and participation, then presented Chris- tensen her prize – a blanket and other goodies. The co ntest w as made public las t yea r when Wheatlan d County sought to up- grade their flag and searched for public input. Participants were provided with a template that included the Wheatland County logo, and were reminded the flag needed to be recognized from a distance, the colours of the flag should complement the colours of the logo, and the flag should represent the coun- ty, the area and the people within it. “I think for students it’s amazing, they get to see that one of their peers is able to accomplish something great,” Baxter said. “I think it gives them the motiva- tion and the confidence they need to say I can design, I can do great things.”