Evacuations ordered amid flash flood risk in Manitoba
Sunday, April 27, 2014, 10:22 AM -
The Manitoba government is warning all residents along Birdtail Creek to evacuate all low-lying areas, due to a failing embankment near Provincial Trunk Highway 45.
The area was already under an evacuation alert and flood warning due to concerns the former railway embankment could fail, sending a surge of water racing down the watercourse.
That alert covered the communities of Birtle, Miniota and Rossburn, the Town of Birtle and the Waywayseecappo First Nation and the Birdtail Sioux First Nation.
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Elsewhere, 34 people were forced to leave their homes on the Peguis First Nation, after dozens of houses were damaged by rising flood waters.
Officials say 100 Tiger Tube dams, which can be filled with water and used as barriers, have been sent to the community along the Fisher River in the Interlake region.
There are also flood warnings in place for all points along the Little Saskatchewan River, and flood watches for all of the Rolling River and parts of the Assiniboine River from Shellmouth Dam to Brandon.
Although temperatures are warming in the region after a chilly overnight, the region is in the midst of a slow moving system that is bringing plenty of rain to the region.
There are no rainfall warnings in effect, and the system should have moved out by Tuesday.
Gusty winds are also expected in southern Manitoba today.
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