Deluge soaks Winnipeg with 70 mm of rain
WINNIPEG – Winnipeggers were cleaning up wet basements and the St. Boniface Golf Club was closed Monday morning after about seven centimetres of rain filled streets with water over the weekend.
Catch basins couldn’t keep up with the rain in some areas of the city, with puddles approaching knee deep in some places.
The City of Winnipeg received 83 reports of clean water entering property, 27 reports of sewer backup and 100 reports of plugged or slow-draining catch basins, a city spokeswoman said via email.
The St. Boniface Golf Club announced it was closed via Twitter on Monday morning:
Unfortunately due to the large amount of rain the golf course will remain closed this morning. More details to follow, thank you.
— St.Boniface GC (@StBonifaceGolf) June 16, 2014
The course reopened at noon.
The Forks in Winnipeg received 71.8 millimetres of rain over the weekend, Environment Canada reported, while the Winnipeg airport received 69.4 mm.
Pinawa, Man., also experienced significant rainfall, with 71.5 mm accumulating in the community 90 km northeast of Winnipeg.
The rainfall came from two storms, Environment Canada said. The first, a slow-moving system from Saskatchewan, brought rain late Friday and Saturday. A more intense low-pressure system from the southern U.S.A. brought more rainfall Sunday.
Winnipeg should get a chance to dry out over the next four days, with a mix of sun and cloud in the forecast before rain sets in again Friday. The temperature is expected to reach 21 C in the city on Monday.
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Weekend rainfall accumulations in millimetres, as reported by Environment Canada as of 4:28 a.m. Monday:
- The Forks, Winnipeg – 71.8
- Richardson International Airport, Winnipeg – 69.4
- Pinawa – 71.5
- Great Falls – 60
- Portage la Prairie, Southport airport – 48.3
- Emerson – 45.6
- Fisher Branch – 41.1
- Carman – 38.8
- Swan River – 35.8
- Deerwood – 35.6
- Wilson Creek – 33.9
- Sprague – 31.5
- Gimli – 28.7
- Roblin – 25.5
- Dauphin – 25.3
- Grand Rapids – 25
Kenora, Ont., also received significant rainfall, with more than 50 mm falling by midnight Sunday and rain continuing to fall Monday morning.
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