- Due to yet another wet weekend, many communities in southern Manitoba are still dealing with overland flooding.
- As the weekend’s runoff moves through the system, the province warns that there may be more rising water in streams and tributaries.
Many communities in southern Manitoba are still dealing with overland flooding due to yet another wet weekend.
Over the weekend, the Red River basin received 40 to 50 millimeters of rain, while the Interlake and areas east of Lake Winnipeg received 30 to 50 millimeters.
The province has received 4 to 6 times the normal sum of precipitation in some areas for this time of year.
Although there is no rain in the forecast for the rest of the week, the province warns that there may be more rising water in streams and tributaries as the weekend’s runoff moves through the system.
Mayor Scott Crick of Morris says that while most homes appear to be safe for the time being, there is yet a lot of uncertainty.
“I think the biggest challenge — at least at this stage,” Crick told 680 CJOB’s The Start, “is we just don’t know where the water will stop.”
“Kudos to the province — I know they’ve been updating their forecast regularly — but predicting the weather is extremely difficult. The amount of precipitation we’ve had is unlike anything we’ve seen in a long time.”
Crick believes that because most of the homes in the area have been raised, they will be fine.
“Fortunately, there is very little property at risk outside of municipal infrastructure,” he said.
“I think the bigger issue is when people have to leave their homes because it’s simply not safe for them to remain there without someone manning pumps or other such things.”
“Seepage is very easy…” that may cause damage to their homes, causing them to return to a shambles.”
Some homes have already been evacuated in the RM of Dufferin, which is under a state of local emergency, and reeve George Gray said that the Boyne River rose quickly over the weekend.
“We’ve seen water before, but never like this.” This has never happened before in this area,” Gray told Global News.
“This area is not included in the diversion.” A 30-year-old diversion was built to protect Carman, and it has performed admirably.
“This is outside of the diversion, and in the agricultural part of Manitoba, that’s just Mother Nature.”
Several homes in the area, according to Gray, have received voluntary evacuation notices.
“It’s heartbreaking to see people separated by water.”
“Flooding has been an issue in this area in the past.” This is the most I’ve ever seen. They’ve all got a dike, and we’ve been very good about supplying sandbags… However, there was simply too much water. It outstripped our ability to keep the river running.”
Source: CTV News
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