By Ryan Dahlman
“Oh the weather outside has been frightful…” Hard STOP.
The prairies, Saskatchewan, Swift Current has endured a tough winter, seemingly never-ending.
Bad roads, accidents, drivers whose knuckles have finally gone back to normal skin tones after the white knuckling for the last oh, six months, it has been a challenging year for drivers, those who have to work outside for their business and those who work for local civic governments like RMs and communities are probably a little frazzled to say the least.
In Swift Current, just when the world of snow clearance was over, now the never-relenting problem of potholes and run-off spring come flooding out.
Yes, potholes are an issue and they are working on it. There are places worse (take a drive to Assiniboia sometime) or check out the SW Sask Highway report and look at the highways literally caving in around Val Marie and the Grasslands National Park. Right now, keeping city neighbourhoods from being damaged by water are front and centre.
The City of Swift Current workers, fire department staff including staff right at City Hall are doing their best to mitigate a horrible situation with the potential flooding.
The workers and emergency services having undoubtedly worked hard to ensure the flooding from the spring runoff has been negated to being kept to a minimum. The mayor Al Bridal and fire chief Ryan Hunter plus communications staff have provided twice a day updates. Good on them, but especially those on the front lines for getting it done.
Don’t worry, all of this can’t last forever. In the meantime, thank those who have done their best to keep their areas in your neck of the woods. Yes, it is these diligent men and women’s jobs, but all the while, they are keeping in mind their neighbours while doing it.
Ryan Dahlman is the General Manager, Editorial Director of Saskatchewan Newspapers, ANG
Managing Editor, Prairie Post