April 22, 2014 1:48 pm

Whitemud River spills over, flooding another Manitoba highway

Red River flood water is held at bay by sandbags at the Winnipeg Rowing Club on Tuesday.

Walther Bernal / Global News

Highway 242 near Westbourne, Man., is closed after the Whitemud River spilled over its banks and onto the road.

The Whitemud, which drains northward into Lake Manitoba, was place under a high water advisory from Woodside to Lake Manitoba on Monday because of increasing flows and ice runs.

Westbourne is approximately 100 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg.

Highway 204 remains closed from Highway 212 to Selkirk because of water on the road on Tuesday. The highway was closed Sunday evening because the Red River spilled its banks onto the highway, which is across the river from Selkirk.

The Red River, which fluctuated just above 19 feet at James Avenue in downtown Winnipeg, has surpassed the moderate flood mark of 18 feet James and the forecast peak of 18.5 feet James. It was forecast to peak Tuesday or Wednesday.

A few Winnipeg properties have been sandbagged, including the Winnipeg Rowing Club, but the river poses little threat at that level.

Water spills over the Whitemud River’s banks at Westbourne, Man., on Tuesday.

Submitted by Jacques Sourisseau / Global News

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