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HEADLINES FOR THURSDAY, JULY 24
Severe Thunderstorm Warning for the Swift Current Area
Environment Canada is calling for Partly Sunny conditions Today with a slight chance of Showers and a High 22. Cloudy with Rain on Friday and a High of 21. Sunshine is in the forecast through the weekend with a High of 21 on Saturday, 23 on Sunday and 25 by Monday.

Shaunavon RCMP Investigate Fatal Farm Accident
A 16 year old and 10 year old are dead following a farm accident near Ravenscrag on Wednesday. Shortly after 8pm last night, Shaunavon RCMP responded to a single vehicle collision in a rural area near Ravenscrag. 16-year-old male and a 10-year-old male, both from the Ravenscrag area, were travelling on a gravel road in a four-wheel-drive tractor towing a bailer. As they travelled east down a hill, the tractor left the road and entered the south ditch, which is very steep and rough. The 10-year-old male was ejected from the tractor. The tractor then entered a ravine and the 16-year-old male was ejected. Both males were located deceased at the scene. The names of the deceased will not be released at this time.

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The Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation continues to assist in the restoration of historic buildings and the latest project is in Maple Creek. The summer season is filled with an array of events across the region and our SWTV News Summer Around the Southwest Tour made a stop in Shaunavon for Boomtown Days. Maple Creek’s history was in the spotlight during the annual Heritage Days with a full schedule including a grand reopening of a local business.

Water Levels Continue to Rise at Emma and Christopher Lakes
The Water Security Agency is advising the public about the rising lake levels on Emma and Christopher Lakes in northern Saskatchewan. Landowners on both lakes should be aware of the high lake levels and potential impacts from more rainfall in the forecast. The above normal amounts of precipitation this year have pushed these lakes to the highest level on record. Currently, Emma Lake is at 516.03 m which is 0.46 m above the normal summer operating range. Christopher Lake is currently at 515.13 m which is 0.32 m above the normal summer operating range.

Landowners in this area who feel they may be impacted by rising water levels are asked to contact WSA and access the Emergency Flood Damage Reduction Program by contacting the North Battleford Regional Office at 306-446-7450. This program provides assistance with the implementation of emergency flood damage reduction or prevention measures for communities, rural municipalities, businesses, non-profit organizations, individual farm and country residences and cottages to prevent damage from imminent flooding. High water levels on Emma and Christopher Lakes are expected to continue well into August or and possibly in to September. At this time, releases from Christopher Lake are not expected to cause any flooding downstream on the Spruce River.

New Automated Garbage System Set for September
The City of Swift Current is moving forward with its plans for an automated residential solid waste collection system and catching up to other communities across the country already implementing similar trends. The new system will be in place by September 15 and five open houses will be held leading up to this date for local residents to attend and make inquiries about the new collection system. According to City officials front street and back lane collection will remain the same with the only changes being the style of garbage cans required; these will be provided by the city. The contract for this new service has been awarded to IPL Inc at a cost of $379,809.90(plus gst); this includes 5400 deployed carts, 200 carts for growth and 200 carts stored for replacement and repairs. Actual costs to residents on a monthly basis has yet to be disclosed by the City.

Water Safety in the Spotlight
This is National Drowning Prevention Week and you're reminded to play it safe near all bodies of water. The Lifesaving Society suggests you should always be aware of you're surroundings including knowing the depth of the water and any other hazards that may be in the area; always wear a life jacket when you're on a boat or other motorized vehicle on the water. If you see someone in distress in the water, call 9-1-1 immediately, throw the individual a floatation device and try to calm them down until help arrives.

Swift Current Woman Successfully Swims the English Channel
Meghan Chisholm of Swift Current made history on Tuesday becoming the first Saskatchewan resident to swim the English Channel. Chisholm successfully completed her swim in 14 hours and 39 minutes and raised $8000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.