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Another wet windy day expected today
Rainfall warnings have ended for Southern Manitoba this morning but many areas -- specifically those in the southwestern corner of the province -- are still keeping a close eye on the water levels.
As of this morning, Environment Canada had no rainfall warnings issued for Manitoba, despite a forecast that looks a little grey. Showers, a risk of a thunderstorm and windy conditions are expected for the Winnipeg and Brandon regions today, with another 10-20 millimetres of precipitation expected and winds west 40 km/h gusting to 60 km/h throughout the day.
Today’s high in Winnipeg will be around the 20 C mark.
Environment Canada reports that rainfall amounts between 75-125 mm have fallen in areas across western Manitoba over the weekend. As of 4 a.m. this morning, the community of Deloraine has been the hardest hit; 144 mm of rain has fallen there since Friday. Other areas with significant rainfall amounts and overland flooding concerns include Virden (137 mm), Pierson (129 mm), the Brandon airport (124 mm), Moosehorn (119 mm), Reston (106 mm), Neepawa (98 mm) and Dauphin (94 mm).
Environment Canada reports unofficial rainfall amounts of 150 mm near the Saskatchewan border.
High winds also wreaked havoc across southern Manitoba Sunday. The highest wind was in Brandon, with a 96 km/h gust recorded. Winnipeg saw a gust of 81 km/h blast through parts of the city Sunday.
Meanwhile, 24 towns and municipalities in Manitoba continue to operate under a local state of emergency thanks to the heavy rains over the weekend.
The province released a statement late Sunday evening listing the affected communities of Brandon, Deloraine, Elkhorn, Hartney, Oak Lake and Roblin, along with municipalities Archie, Arthur, Cameron, Coldwell, Cornwallis, Daly, Edward, Grahamdale, Miniota, Pipestone, Sifton, Siglunes, Strathclair, Virden, Wallace, Westbourne, Whitewater and Winchester.
Provincial officials have been in contact with municipal leaders as they implement their emergency response plans and will deploy flood mitigation equipment, such as Tiger Tubes, to areas that may be most affected by flooding, the news release said.
Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation reported that many roads are affected by overland flooding or may be impassable. The department issued a list of the following closures Sunday evening:
* 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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