Lately the Canadian prairies have been plagued by too much rain that has caused flooding and disaster for many farmers. Although there have not been the tornadoes and loss of life suffered in some areas of the U.S. China, and other countries nevertheless the economic impact will be quite negative.
The city of Medicine Hat is braced for more floods after a state of emergency was declared. Hundreds of homes had to be evacuated. A front moving in on Monday and Tuesday could bring another 50 to 70 mm. of rain.
The area is normally rather arid. There is one area of the city called the flats that is likely to be flooded the worst. Several other towns in the area have declared states of emergency, The Trans Canada highway between Lethbridge and the Saskatchewan border was closed by flooding. Saskatchewan is also suffering from too much rain and many farmers were unable to seed crops. It is now too late to seed and have crop insurance.
I have included a short video clip showing how badly the Trans Canada has been washed out near Maple Creek. The highway is the main highway going east and west and no doubt traffic will have to detour long distances.