Torrential downpours flood Manitoba, Saskatchewan roads; Communities declare states of emergency
Sunday, June 29, 2014, 9:24 PM -
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A number of highways have closed and communities have declared states of emergency following days of torrential downpours across southeast Saskatchewan and parts of Manitoba.
The city of Melville, about 140 kilometres northwest of Regina, declared a state of local emergency Sunday morning after heavy rain overwhelmed the small city's storm and domestic sewer systems, as well as its lift stations, according to The Canadian Press.
The town of Carnduff, the Rural Municipality of Mount Pleasant and the Village of Maryfield have also declared local emergencies.
The province warns that additional communities could do the same as heavy rain continues to fall.
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Moosomin RCMP say Highway 8 has been shut down from Highway 1, north about 50 kilometres to Spyhill.
Another section of that highway further south has also closed due to washout, and officials say other secondary roads are also impassible.
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Widespread power outages were being reported out of parts of southern Manitoba, as powerful winds toppled trees onto power lines across the region.
In an interview with the Winnipeg Free Press, Scott Powell, a spokesman for Manitoba Hydro, said there were several large power outages Sunday morning, but most of them had been resolved.
Around 1,170 customers in North Kildonan were without power Sunday morning, but back on the grid by 10 a.m., he said.
Powell said around 1,300 customers in Fort Garry were also without power at one point, but most were back by around 6:10 a.m.
Environment Canada says moderate to heavy rainfall will continue across southeastern Saskatchewan and southwestern Manitoba Sunday.
An additional 30 to 50 mm of rain is expected throughout the day, before conditions begin to improve Monday.With files from The Canadian Press, The Winnipeg Free Press