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A large portion of the Trans-Canada Highway in eastern Saskatchewan is closed due to flooding.

A stretch of about 150 km — from Whitewood to Balgonie — of the province's main highway is closed in both directions due to deep water on the road near the village of Sintaluta, located about 85 km east of Regina.

The Saskatchewan government decided to close the highway Monday, when water up to 60 cm deep in some places drowned out the road.

The flooding was caused by heavy rains which fell over the past few days in the already soggy area.

"It's still raining here. There was quite a bit of water out there," Sgt. Paul Dawson, of the RCMP's F Division, said Tuesday afternoon.

Although the flooding is localized, a large stretch of the highway has closed between Regina and the Manitoba boundary.

The Saskatchewan highways department advises that signs and barricades are in place, with flagpersons directing traffic at the closures.

Travellers should expect detours and delays.

Dawson couldn't say how long the closure is expected to last.

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