WINNIPEG – A mandatory evacuation notice has been issued Sunday evening by the Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie in the Delta Beach area between Hackberry Avenue W. and Far West.
“It is surreal that they are asking us to leave,” said Larry Muirhead,who lives at Delta Beach all year. “They are really worried about a breach of the east side of the Portage Diversion at the mouth of the outlet and, if it breaks, the back marsh will flood and that will come towards us from the south.”
Despite the risk, Muirhead said he isn’t leaving his home.
“They gave me the option to sign a release form (to stay),” said Muirhead, who added Delta Beach on Sunday evening was dry and calm.
Crews are working to shore up the east side of the outlet to hold back the water, he said.
There are concerns over safety and access to the area and this is a mandatory evacuation, the rural municipality said in a news release.
Approximately 15 permanent homes and around 150 cottages are included in the order.
Residents evacuating are asked to register with the RM of Portage la Prairie by calling 204-857-3821 or by attending the municipal office at 35 Tupper St. S.
Registration is required in order for those evacuating to access compensation for accommodation and living allowance.
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