Residents of Rosedale are breathing a sigh of relief after an ice jam let go Sunday morning on the Rosebud Creek.
"Something broke and it started flushing like a toilet and right now there's no ice in it," explained resident Bob Cromwell. "It's dropped a lot."
Those comments were echoed by Tracy Kakuk who lives near the Rosedale Swinging Bridge. Large chunks of ice indicating where the water level was were visible from the Kakuk property. She says it appears to be going down.
"It looks to me like a clear flow now and I don't think anything is going to stop it now," predicted Cromwell.
The cleanup has begun for residents living along Highway 10X between Rosedale and Wayne, which includes Brad Wilson who had a flooded shop.
"At least three feet," he said. "I've got my tools and everything down there."
Wilson added he hasn't looked at the mess in his shop as yet, but hopes he can still make it to work on Monday. The Wilson's also have horses in the area, which were safe during the flood.
"They just kind of ran for the hill. We have a back part there and they just ran to the higher ground stayed there as best as they could," reported Wilson.
Residents were forced to load their valuables in large moving trailers and parked them on the side of the 10X. Significant damage was done to the Rosedale Campground as pinic tables were slammed up against fence posts because of ice chunks. Many tables were twisted and broke and damage to the fence was also visible. The swings appeared not to be damaged, but were underwater.
Town of Drumheller crews delivered sand for residents to start sand bagging and large payloaders were helping move ice from yards.
The jam at the Rosebud Creek and the Red Deer River had also backed up water as far as Drumheller. Crews had part of Riverside Drive blocked off to begin pumping procedures. The Fire Department was also monitoring the situation to ensure nobody was dangerously close to the river.