Advertisement

Weather weary Manitoba braces for more rain as cleanup from flash flooding continues

Click to play video: 'Flood forecasters watching another major precipitation system' Flood forecasters watching another major precipitation system
Manitoba is preparing for more rain as the province cleans up from flash floods and other destruction already caused by an extremely wet spring – May 18, 2022

Manitoba is preparing for more rain as the province cleans up from flash floods and other destruction already caused by an extremely wet spring.

“All of southern Manitoba is very much in the fight at the moment,” Johanu Botha with Manitoba’s Emergency Management Organization said Wednesday.

Read more: Flood damage in the RM of Ritchot expected to be more than $1 million

Manitoba has been dealing with high water for weeks. Provincial data indicates most of the southern and central water basins have received more than 150 per cent of normal precipitation since April 1.

Almost 40 municipalities and 10 northern communities are getting provincial support.

Click to play video: 'More Rain Could Mean More Problems For Manitobans' More Rain Could Mean More Problems For Manitobans
More Rain Could Mean More Problems For Manitobans – May 17, 2022

About 2,500 Manitobans have left their homes across the south. Botha said they will have to stay away until the water recedes and structures are deemed safe.

Story continues below advertisement

Culverts, roads and bridges have been damaged.

The situation was made worse last weekend in the west by heavy rains that led to damaging flash floods.

Read more: Province says storm could bring up to 80 mm of rain to some areas in Manitoba

Infrastructure Minister Doyle Piwniuk said he was told flooding was happening on all sides and was “like a tsunami.”

Fast-moving waters seriously damaged five bridges, Piwniuk added. Some have been repaired but others will take more time.

“It’s going to be a substantial amount of costs.”

Click to play video: 'Communities along Red River worry flood damage could be costly' Communities along Red River worry flood damage could be costly
Communities along Red River worry flood damage could be costly – May 17, 2022

Fisaha Unduche, executive director of hydrologic forecasting, said water levels in most rivers and southern basins have peaked.

Story continues below advertisement

But, he said, another significant weather system is forecast to bring heavy rains of between 40 millimetres to 90 millimetres by Friday.

The province will be monitoring water levels.

Read more: Minnedosa, Man. declares local state of emergency over flooding

Botha said all options will be considered, including increasing outflow from the Shellmouth reservoir.

The province is also looking at whether to remove logs from the Minnedosa dam due to concerns about water pressure on the structure.

Flows along the Little Saskatchewan River at the town, which has declared a local state of emergency, are at record levels.

Sponsored content