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24 Manitoba municipalities declare state of emergency

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Flood waters surround a T33 fighter jet on display along Highway 10 and Sandison Road near the Brandon Municipal Airport on Sunday.  Rain fell almost non-stop throughout the weekend, and the airport was closed due to the flooding.

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Flood waters surround a T33 fighter jet on display along Highway 10 and Sandison Road near the Brandon Municipal Airport on Sunday. Rain fell almost non-stop throughout the weekend, and the airport was closed due to the flooding.

Heavy rain and high winds this weekend prompted 24 Manitoba municipalities to declare a local state of emergency.

The province issued a news release listing the affected municipalities of Archie, Arthur, Brandon (city), Cameron, Coldwell, Cornwallis, Daly, Deloraine (town), Edward, Elkhorn (village), Hartney (town), Grahamdale, Miniota, Oak Lake (town), Pipestone, Roblin (town), Sifton, Siglunes, Strathclair, Virden, Wallace, Westbourne, Whitewater and Winchester.

It said provincial officials are in contact with municipal leaders as they implement their emergency response plans. The province will deploy flood mitigation equipment, such as Tiger Tubes to areas that may be most affected by flooding, the news release said.

Environment Canada has issued a gale wind warning for the north and south basins of Lake Winnipeg and a strong wind warning for Lake Manitoba, Lake Winnipegosis and Lake of the Woods.

Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation, meanwhile, reports that many roads are affected by overland flooding or may be impassable. It issued a list of the following closures:

* PR 349 for 15 kilometres west of PT 250 is now closed,

* PR 256 from PR 255 to PTH 2 is now closed,

* PTH 2 from the Saskatchewan border to PR 256 is closed,

* PR 542 from the Trans-Canada Highway to PR 257 is now closed,

* PR 255 from the Saskatchewan border to PR 256 is now closed,

* PR 467 from PTH 41 to PTH 83 is now closed,

* PR 256 from PR 41 to the Trans-Canada Highway is now closed,

* PR 568 from 11.6 km west of PTH 83 for two km is now closed,

* PTH 83 from the Trans-Canada Highway to PTH 2 is now closed,

* PR 568 from PTH 42 to PTH 83 is now closed with access for local traffic only,

* PTH 256 from the Trans-Canada Highway to PR 255 is now closed with access for local traffic only,

* PR 468 from the Trans-Canada Highway to PR 353 is now closed with access for local traffic only, and

* the Trans-Canada Highway west of Brandon has water over the road and may be closed if it continues to rise.

For current highway conditions, call 511, visit www.manitoba.ca, www.mb511.ca or follow the Twitter account at www.twitter.com/MBGovRoads.

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