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Highways reopen in Saskatchewan after powerful storm

The Canadian Press
March 5, 2013 — Saskatchewan highways reopening after snowstorm that stranded travellers.

Heavy snow and strong winds left several drivers stranded on Saskatchewan highways
Heavy snow and strong winds left several drivers stranded on Saskatchewan highways

Drivers in Saskatchewan who had to sit tight when highways were closed due to a late-winter wallop were being allowed to carefully resume their travels Monday. 

Poor conditions forced Highway 11 to be shut down on Sunday and a temporary shelter was set up at the town hall in Davidson between Regina and Saskatoon. 

The town's emergency measures co-ordinator, Trish Schilling, says about 150 to 200 people were stranded, so hotel and motel space was at a premium.

"The RCMP directed traffic into the town hall and there was a centre there where we could take names and numbers and try to find a place for them to stay ... or just a cup of coffee and a warm place to wait out the storm," Schilling said. 

She said the road-weary, who included bus passengers, a soccer team and bowling league participants, were also put up in a church and billeted in homes.

Snowfall totals
Snowfall totals

Highway 4 from Swift Current to Saskatchewan Landing was also closed due to blowing and drifting snow.

Despite precautions, a 57-year-old man from Stockholm, Sask., was killed in a collision involving two vehicles on icy roads near Esterhazy. 

Over 20 cm of snow was recorded in the hardest hit places before tapering through the day on Monday. 

The storm also walloped southern Alberta and moved into Manitoba after it hit Saskatchewan.

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