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Major flooding forces an evacuation at Portage Avenue building

A building in the 1000 block of Portage Avenue taped off as crews clean up a flood that took place early Monday morning.
A building in the 1000 block of Portage Avenue taped off as crews clean up a flood that took place early Monday morning. Michael Draven / Global News

Flooding in a west-end building Sunday morning forced out 30 residents.

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service crews received reports of flooding inside a Portage Avenue building near Sherburn Street.

Crews arrived on scene just after 5:30 a.m. and were unable to shut off the water to the building.

The front of a building with severe flood damage on Portage Avenue.
The front of a building with severe flood damage on Portage Avenue. Michael Draven / Global News

In a news release sent out Sunday morning, the city said “the flooding was progressing quickly” and as a result, the City of Winnipeg’s Water and Waste Department was called to provide assistance.

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Manitoba Hydro also responded to the call as the flood was beginning to threaten the building’s electrical supply.

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The evacuees were relocated with help from Winnipeg Transit, with no injuries being reported.

The cause of the flood is unknown at this time.

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