Bridge collapse triggers massive surge in Virden, Manitoba
Monday, June 30, 2014, 2:17 PM -
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Flood fears worsened in Virden, Manitoba after a bridge along Gopher Creek gave way Monday morning morning.
Ross Tycoles, the reeve for the regional municipality of Pipestone told the CBC that the rush of water was expected to arrive around noon local time.
That southwestern corner of Manitoba has been grappling with floods all weekend after being pummeled with days of heavy rain. A total of 24 municipalities declared a local state of emergency -- including the city of Brandon -- which remained in place Monday.
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The Brandon area received 124 mm of rainfall since Friday morning, and more is on the way.
"Rain continues over the hardest hit areas with another 15 mm or so expected today," said Environment Canada in a rainfall warning issued early Monday. "The rain should taper off later this afternoon with only slight accumulations into the overnight period."
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With files from CBC