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Get out your hip waders:Heavy rainfall warnings for parts of Prairie provinces

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It could be soggy on the Prairies over the next few days.

Environment Canada has issued heavy rainfall warnings for parts of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

It says it only issues rainfall warnings when rainfall exceeding 50 millimetres is expected.

In Alberta, the rain fell as snow Wednesday near Longview in southwestern Alberta, while it was rain in Lethbridge and points east.

The weather office warned that a low pressure system was going to drop from 20 mm to 40 mm of rain in south-central and southeastern Saskatchewan on Wednesday.

The system was forecast to move into southern Manitoba on Thursday, prompting the province to issue a rainfall flood watch for southwestern Manitoba along the Assiniboine and Souris rivers.

Manitoba's Hydrologic Forecast Centre says the watershed has received up to 300 per cent above normal precipitation from Aug. 19 to Sept. 1.

As a result, the Assiniboine River is rising and peak flows were expected to reach the Portage Diversion sometime between Wednesday and Thursday.

The centre says the Portage Diversion will only be operated if further heavy rain makes it absolutely necessary.

Meanwhile, forecast flows downstream may cause some overland flooding.

Officials are working with local governments on flood protection measures.

(CJOB, The Canadian Press)

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