April 23, 2014 10:26 am

Rural Manitoba homes evacuated as Netley Creek flood waters rise

WINNIPEG – Homes in the rural municipality of St. Andrews were evacuated early Wednesday as an ice jam caused water to rise on Netley Creek.

About 35 Jenny Drive residents were told to leave their homes, said Darcy Hardman, the emergency co-ordinator for the rural municipality of St. Andrews.

“Some of the dikes were starting to breach,” Hardman said.

The rural municipality brought in Tiger Dams, tubes that are filled with water for flood-fighting, and placed them on the dams, but the water began to pour onto Jenny Drive.

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“We had to evacuate people about 4 a.m. before it became impassable,” Hardman said.

Some water entered homes, but the ice has moved on and the water started receding at 7 a.m.

The water is moving into Netley marsh, which may place homes farther north at risk, he said.

Municipal workers are also bringing in pumps to help Jenny Drive residents get the water back on the other side of the dike.

Petersfield is about 50 kilometres north of Winnipeg near the Red River outlet into Lake Winnipeg. Netley Creek is a tributary of the Red River.

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A few highways in southern Manitoba are closed due to flood water on the road:

  • Highway 204 from Highway 212 to Selkirk
  • Highway 242 from Highway 16 north towards Lake Manitoba
  • Highway 268 from 10 kilometres east of Birch River, for 4 km
  • Highway 320, six kilometers north of Highway 4
  • Highway 471, from six kilometers east of Highway 262 for three kilometres

The following highways are under cautions due to water on the road:

  • Highway 329, four kilometers east of Highway 233
  • Highway 363, 13 kilometres north of Grandview

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