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Cromer residents flee flooding

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Christian Jeanes carries chairs out of his neighbour's flooded home to a waiting trailer in the village of Cromer in southwestern Manitoba on Sunday. Incessant rainfall over the weekend caused forced the evacuation of approximately 30 residents.

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Christian Jeanes carries chairs out of his neighbour's flooded home to a waiting trailer in the village of Cromer in southwestern Manitoba on Sunday. Incessant rainfall over the weekend caused forced the evacuation of approximately 30 residents.

Some residents of Cromer in southwestern Manitoba were forced to flee their homes because of flooding Sunday morning.

The town, located 30 kilometres southwest of Virden, is struggling to contain flooding along Pipestone Creek. 

"We evacuated people and declared a state of emergency early this morning," said Reeve Ross Tycoles.

"It was not hard to do because much of the town was up anyways." 

The water levels were thought to be contained Saturday evening, Tycoles said.

But he says something must have been damaged upstream to cause flooding so quickly in Cromer.

The RM has been sandbagging in the nearby town of Reston in an attempt to keep flooding to a minimum.

 

— Brandon Sun

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