Flooding forces evacuation orders, road closures in southern Manitoba

The southern Manitoba municipality of Montcalm has issued evacuation orders and closed roads as floodwaters continue to rise in the region.

The RM said 17 households have been issued evacuation orders — affecting 42 people — as of Friday afternoon.

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They say the affected homes are all on the east side of the Red River on St. Mary’s Road, which was breached by floodwaters overnight Thursday.

Earlier in the day Friday the province issued flood warnings for much of the southern Manitoba river basin as officials warn storms could bring as much as 80 millimetres of precipitation to the area between Friday and Sunday morning.

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“Rainfall amounts of up to 80mm will have a very large impact on the flooding situation,” the RM of Montcalm said in a release.

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Montcalm declared a month-long local state of emergency Thursday.

States of emergency have also been declared in the municipalities of Cartier and Headingley west of Winnipeg, the RMs of Morris and Ritchot south of the city, and the RM of Fisher in the Interlake.

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Local officials say roughly 25 sections of roadway are closed in Montcalm as of Friday afternoon. A list of impacted roads can be found on the RM’s website.

Montcalm is 81 kilometres south of Winnipeg and includes the communities of Letellier, Saint Joseph and Saint Jean Baptiste. Highway 75 runs through much of the municipality.

Earlier in the day provincial officials said crews are working to keep Highway 75 open for as long as possible, but a small detour is expected to open around Morris Friday evening.

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Provincial officials say this weekend’s expected rainfall could see flood conditions similar to what Manitoba saw in 2009, when the Red River reached roughly 87,000 cubic feet per second (CFS) at Emerson and 91,000 CFS in Ste. Agathe.

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Currently, predictions say the Red River could hit between 78,000 and 98,000 CFS in Emerson and 90,000 to 115,00 CFS at Ste. Agathe this spring, with peak flows expected to last as long as a week starting over the Mother’s Day weekend.

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Officials in the RM of Montcalm say a self-serve sandbag station is available at the RM shop located on the south side of St. Jean Baptiste.

Residents are asked to make sure sump pumps are draining to the street or natural draining systems and not into the sewer to prevent sewer backups.

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