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Flooding prompts evacuations in Petersfield, Manitoba

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Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 3:34 PM -

The Province of Manitoba released its eleventh flood bulletin Tuesday afternoon, warning that additional rainfall could elevate flood concerns.

Up to 25 mm of rain is forecast for Winnipeg through Thursday --  elevating the risk for basement flooding.

Early Wednesday morning, dozens of residents in Petersfield, about 45 km north of Winnipeg, were forced from their homes as water flooded roadways.

About 35 homes were evacuated in all, according to the CBC.


RELATED: Monitor the upcoming storm with the 7-day forecast


Waters, however, are starting to recede. Residents are expected to return home later in the day.

Meanwhile, the City of Selkirk has been taking measures to protect low-lying areas, including the Marine Museum where valuables were moved to higher ground on Monday.

Several roads have been closed in the area due to flooding and the quick rising waters prompted sandbagging efforts.


IN MANITOBA: Weather Network reporter Deb Matejicka will be reporting from the area this week. Tune in for regular updates!


The move will limit the flows from Portage la Prairie downstream, according to the Canadian Press, in advance of expected crests on both the Assiniboine and the Red rivers.

By Monday afternoon, authorities reported that the Assiniboine River was clear of ice below Shellmonth Dam. Still, "the potential exists for ice jams to occur from Holland to the Portage Reservoir," the province warns.

"Ice jams can cause rapid rises in water levels with little or no warning."


Residents are being reminded to:

  • Pay close attention to local waterways as flood conditions can develop quickly
  • Avoid crossing areas with broken ice and surface water
  • Avoid driving or walking through fast-moving water
  • Check road conditions prior to travelling by calling 511

A system crossing the Rockies moved into the western Prairies Tuesday night and is expected to last through the Friday.

It could bring up to 10 cm of snow in some parts of central Manitoba and Saskatchewan and up to 60 mm of rain to the hardest hit places. 

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