Rumours that the evacuation of the town of Lampman is imminent due to flood conditions are greatly exaggerated.
Lampman Mayor Scott Greening said Friday morning that the town's utilities have been diked and protected. Dike building and sandbagging volunteers are continuing their work along the town's edges to protect the community of about 800 people.
"We are doing two major things right now. The first thing is, we are preparing for a big rain and the second is that we are preparing for a big water flow from the west and we're in contact with people in the Griffin area to know what they've been doing and what we can expect," said Greening.
"Then we're building protection to handle more than what we can expect from those two events," he added.
Greening said the support within the community has been tremendous. Individuals and businesses alike are providing all the support required in terms of contracted equipment, geophysical information, and basic services.
During any given hour Greening said you will see 60 to 100 people sandbagging and more are dispatched to area farms if a call comes in from a farmer asking for sandbags.
"We send them sandbags, and people to fill them and set them," he said.
"Our equipment operators are the best in the province. We have people coming in from everywhere. The co-operation is broad and welcomed."
The highway into Lampman is still open.
"We can take another two inches of rain, if that is what is coming. It will strain the system, but there are no evacuation orders being issued at this point. If that message was getting out, it's incorrect. We're protecting our town."