WATCH: Brandon inundated by water on Sunday.
WINNIPEG – More than two dozen Manitoba municipalities, including Brandon, have declared local states of emergency because of flooding caused by rain on the weekend.
A bridge on Gopher Creek, upstream of Virden, Man., has given way, Pipestone Reeve Ross Tycoles said at about 11 a.m. Monday, and the town is expecting a “massive surge” as a result.
Cromer, Man., in the rural municipality of Pipestone, was evacuated when roads in the area washed out, putting 20 to 30 people out of their homes. People in the nearby town of Reston used sandbags to protect their homes.
“Cromer is still evacuated; however, the water is receding there. It has dropped about five feet overnight,” Tycoles said Monday morning, but he added they don’t feel this is the end of the struggle.
The weekend storm dumped 75 to 150 millimetres of rain on southwestern Manitoba by Sunday evening, Environment Canada said, with Deloraine, Man., receiving 151 mm of rain from Friday until 7 a.m. Monday.
The total amount of rainfall in Brandon for June has reached 240 mm, making it the second wettest month since 1890 in the western Manitoba city.
The storm was accompanied by strong winds gusting to 80 kilometres per hour or more, with winds clocked as high as 104 km/h in Brandon on Sunday, according to preliminary information from Environment Canada.
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The Brandon Municipal Airport cancelled flights Sunday after its main access road was flooded. Brandon Mayor Shari Decter Hirst said she wasn’t sure yet Monday morning when the airport will reopen.
The wind knocked down trees across southern Manitoba and caused multiple power outages. A City of Winnipeg spokeswoman said they received almost 400 calls about fallen trees and branches.
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Highways across southwestern Manitoba were closed because of flood water on the roads, including the Trans-Canada Highway from Brandon to Highway 110, and sections of highways 2, 3, 21, 83, 110, 252, 254, 255, 256, 264, 265, 270, 302, 345, 349, 354, 366, 445, 463, 467, 468, 469, 542 and 568. The RM of Pipestone closed all roads in the municipality due to the severity of the flooding. A full list of closures can be found on the Manitoba road report.
Manitoba municipalities that have declared a state of emergency are:
Preliminary rainfall amounts from Environment Canada from Friday to 7 a.m. Monday:
Wind gusts were clocked at:
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