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States of emergency declared as heavy rainfall, strong winds pound southern SK, MB.

No relief from Prairie rains

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Daniel Martins
Digital Reporter

Sunday, June 29, 2014, 3:58 PM -

TUNE IN: Watch the Weather Network on TV for regular updates on this massive rain system, and send us your pictures and videos.

The Prairie provinces are right in the thick of a powerful system that has drenched the region.

Rainfall warnings remain in effect for several Saskatchewan and Manitoba communities, including the city of Regina, and rising winds have made the situation even worse for residents of those areas.

Localized flooding is widespread, bad enough to close down or even wash out major roads and highways.

And according to Weather Network meteorologist Monica Vaswani, there's plenty more to come.

"Additional amounts could be as high as 100 mm, and some regions have already seen amounts surpassing this since Friday," she said Sunday morning.

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The heaviest rainfall amounts still to fall are along the Manitoba and Saskatchewan border, where most of the warnings are concentrated.

Vaswani says the rain in those provinces is likely to continue until early Tuesday morning.

Those intense downpours have made life hard for thousands of Prairiedwellers since Friday.

Around a thousand customers in three communities in the Lake Manitoba area were without power on Saturday, as were several hundred in Winnipeg and Dauphin. Heavy rainfall damaged an RCMP station in Selkirk, resulting in the loss of the detachment's telephone service.

The rural municipalities of Arthur, Edward and Wallace in Manitoba declared states of emergency, as did the city of Melville, Sask., but localized flooding has been widespread in communities in both those provinces.

Flood warnings remain in effect for parts of the Assiniboine River, all of the Winnipeg River System, and Lake St. Martin and Lake Dauphin. High water advisories are in place for the entirety of the Red and Saskatchewan rivers.

Reports of localized flooding have been widespread in Manitoba.

Flood watches are also in place for Lake Manitoba and Lake Winnipeg, but an additional threat is coming from very strong wind gusts, whipping up the waves and making it even more dangerous for boaters and lakeside communities.

All that rain has caused travel problems also. Parts of Highway 13 near Redvers, Sask, were reportedly underwater or washed out completely.

In Manitoba, numerous roads have been washed out in the west of the province leading up to the Saskatchewan border.

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