Tuesday’s heavy rainfall -- on top of already high water levels -- prompted the town of Ste. Rose du Lac to close its ring dike at noon today.
"It’s the first time we test the dike," said Marlene Bouchard, chief administrative officer for the town of 2,000.
"The last time the town of Ste Rose du Lac flooded was May 6, 1986," she said from the town, which is located 300 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg.
"People were using canoes on Main Street... Since then, they constructed the dike."
Today, several area roads are washed out as the water levels continued to rise.
Bouchard said an alternate route will provide access to the town from the north and the east till flood concerns ease.