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Man drowns on flooded road

Truck sinks under water

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RM OF DE SALABERRY — The spring flood has claimed its first victim in Manitoba.

The RCMP underwater recovery team found the body of a 61-year-old Niverville-area man Saturday afternoon in the RM of De Salaberry.

RCMP Const. Miles Hiebert said the man, whose name is not being released, tried to drive across the flooded Alarie Road when his truck sunk under the water.

Hiebert said the man was the only occupant of the vehicle.

During the flood "RCMP advise motorists to exercise caution over the next few weeks," Hiebert said. "Be aware that road conditions are changing by the hour, and if in doubt, find another route."

On Saturday night, the water across the gravel Alarie Road was about 30 metres wide. To the north and south of the road, the flood-swollen Marsh River was more than 100 metres wide.

A small piece of yellow police tape was left on the road and an unopened orange juice bottle was on the ground beside smashed glass from the vehicle's window.

An area resident, who didn't know the victim's identity, said it appeared the swollen river took out the road bed, causing it to be deeper than normal.

De Salaberry Reeve Ron Musick said the municipality hadn't been informed about the drowning.

"Some of the roads are pretty slick," Musick said. "You have to be careful."

The RM of De Salaberry is located 50 kilometres south of Winnipeg on the east side of the Red River.

kevin.rollason@freepress.mb.ca

50 HOMES EVACUATED IN ST. ANDREWS / A3

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 10, 2011 A1

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