July 8, 2014 2:07 pm
Updated: July 8, 2014 2:23 pm

Manitoba flood damage already mounting

The Highway 83 bridge west of Melita, Man., was washed out by floodwater on Canada Day.

Submitted by David Champion / Global News

WINNIPEG — Manitoba is already facing “significant damage” from flooding along the Assiniboine River and other waterways in the southwest part of the province, officials said Tuesday.

“It’s going to have a real impact on infrastructure,” emergency measures minister Steve Ashton told a news conference on Winnipeg. “We have many damaged provincial roads, many damaged municipal roads … there will be a significant amount of repairs.”

Officials are also checking several bridges for damage, he said.

It could take some time to tally the dollar cost of the flood, as high water is expected to plague the region even after the crest of the Assiniboine passes at-risk areas later this week. A crest on the Qu’Appelle River at St. Lazare isn’t expected until July 14.

Water from recent heavy rains in Saskatchewan have yet to make their way through Manitoba’s waterways.

“It’s going to be a long summer,” Ashton said.

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