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Ice jam could cause flooding in parts of western Manitoba

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The province has issued a flood warning for parts of western Manitoba.

A large ice jam near a rail bridge is holding back water on Birdtail Creek, the Manitoba Hydrological Forecast Centre says. When the ice lets go, it may cause a surge of water along the creek north of Birtle.

People living in low-lying areas of Birdtail Creek downstream of the former railway embankment should be prepared to leave the area quickly, the Manitoba Emergency Measures Organization said in a news release.

The EMO has contacted communities and municipalities that could be affected, including Birtle, Miniota and Rossburn; the Birdtail Sioux First Nation and the Waywayseecapo First Nation. The province said it’s working with local governments to monitor the situation and update the public.

 

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