The Town of Eastend recently completed a study with the Water Security Agency to produce an expanded and upgraded flood water map.

Natural Resources Canada has partnered with the Water Security Agency to update and expand flood maps for communities at higher risk of flooding in Saskatchewan.

The provincial and federal governments are each providing $4.5 million for a combined $9 million to fund the projects as a part of the Flood Hazard Identification and Mapping Program.

The extensive study done with Eastend included community information sessions, hydraulic analysis, data collection, and more.

Eastend Mayor Jesse Gordon noted, "We appreciate the support from the Water Security Agency, as this process gave us additional insight into the location, size of the actual floodplain and what areas and infrastructure were most at risk."

Planning ahead can reduce the risk of flooding and help prevent the houses and livelihood of people from being damaged or destroyed.

According to research from the Water Security Agency, up to $20 in flood damages are saved in each community for every $1 invested into flood prevention.

Flood mapping is currently also taking place in Tisdale, Melfort, Estevan, Moose Jaw, Regina, and Cumberland House.