March 20, 2017 10:12 pm

Train brings food supplies to Manitoba town cut off by blizzard

Snow storm image from Churchill, Manitoba.

Mark Morellato

CHURCHILL, Man. – A food shortage in the northern Manitoba town of Churchill has gotten some relief with the arrival of the first train in nearly three weeks.

Store shelves in the town were left almost empty after a series of blizzards cut off supplies.

A storm on Sunday brought more snow and winds of up to 90 kilometres an hour.

READ MORE: March winter storm a ‘historic’ weather event for Churchill, Manitoba

A plane was supposed to bring food into the community that day, but was unable to land because of the high winds and zero visibility.

On Monday morning, OmniTrax, the company that owns the local railway, cleared the latest snow off the tracks and brought in a train carrying milk, vegetables, bread and meat.

Deputy mayor Shane Hutchins told CTV Winnipeg he doesn’t think the town could have gone much longer without supplies.

© 2017 The Canadian Press

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