May 29, 2015


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Wet weekend leaves Winnipeggers waterlogged

Suzy Willig runs through puddles at The Ex Sunday.

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Suzy Willig runs through puddles at The Ex Sunday. Photo Store

Rain, rain didn’t go away this weekend leaving some homeowners with flooded basements while some events were cancelled.

Environment Canada meteorologist Terri Lang said today that 71.8 mm of rain fell on The Forks through Saturday and Sunday, while 69.4 mm were recorded at Winnipeg’s airport.

Lang said the next-highest amount of precipitation was in Pinawa with 71.5 mm followed by Great Falls with 60 mm and Portage la Prairie’s Southport station with 48.3 mm.

Lang said the two waves of rain, one on Saturday and one on Sunday, came not in a driving downpour but in a steady fall.

"The first was slow-moving and steadily filled up the gauges," she said.

"The second was more convection so there were heavier amounts."

Lang said Winnipeg received 29.1 mm of rain on Saturday followed by 40.1 mm on Sunday.

City spokeswoman Lisa Fraser said the rain caused 83 residents to report clean water entering their property and 27 to report sewer backups, while the city received 100 reports of plugged or slow draining catch basins.

Fraser reminded residents that they can reduce the risk of sewer backup and basement flooding by installing a backwater valve and sump pit drainage system.

For more tips from the city, visit their website.

The rain forced the cancellation on Sunday of numerous events in the city including the Red River Exhibition’s Red River Ride of Rides show horse jumping, the Assiniboia Downs horse racing, Winnipeg Goldeyes games, and an outdoor concert of the Winnipeg Jazz Festival.

kevin.rollason@freepress.mb.ca

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