Weather-Weary Manitoba Braces for More Rain as Flash Flood Cleanup Continues – Winnipeg | The Canadian News

Manitoba is bracing for more rain as the province recovers from flash flooding and other destruction already caused by an extremely wet spring.

“All of southern Manitoba is very much involved in the fighting right now,” Johanu Botha of the Manitoba Emergency Management Organization said Wednesday.

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Manitoba has been dealing with high water for weeks. Provincial data indicates that most southern and central watersheds have received more than 150 percent of normal rainfall since April 1.

Almost 40 municipalities and 10 communities in the north are receiving provincial support.

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More rain could spell more trouble for Manitobans

More rain could spell more trouble for Manitobans

Some 2,500 Manitobans have left their homes in the South. Botha said they will have to stay away until the water recedes and the structures are deemed safe.

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Culverts, roads and bridges have been damaged.

The situation was made worse last weekend in the west by heavy rains that caused flash flooding.

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The province says the storm could bring up to 80mm of rain to some areas in Manitoba.

Infrastructure Minister Doyle Piwniuk said he was told flooding was happening everywhere and was “like a tsunami”.

The fast-moving waters severely damaged five bridges, Piwniuk added. Some have been repaired but others will take longer.

“It’s going to be a substantial amount of cost.”

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Communities along the Red River fear flood damage could be costly

Communities along the Red River fear flood damage could be costly

Fisaha Unduche, executive director of hydrological forecasting, said water levels in most rivers and basins in the south have peaked.

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But, he said, another major weather system is forecast to bring heavy rain of 40 to 90 millimeters by Friday.

The province will be monitoring water levels.

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Botha said all options will be considered, including increasing the outflow of Shellmouth Reservoir.

The province is also considering removing the logs from the Minnedosa dam due to concerns about water pressure in the structure.

Flows along the Little Saskatchewan River in the city, which has declared a local state of emergency, are at record levels.

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