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Motorist rescued from flooded-out road

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Brandon RCMP are warning motorists to stay off roads closed by flooding following a mission to rescue a motorist stranded in flood waters on a closed road.

The driver of a pickup truck called for help after he was trapped by flood waters overnight Sunday while driving on Provincial Road 459 in the Grand Valley Road North just south of the TransCanada Highway.

Emergency crews called to the scene about 2:30 a.m. Sunday found the truck just off the highway in a ditch surrounded by flood water.

A water rescue team had to rescue the driver, a 51-year-old man, from the dangerous, fast-moving water. There were no reports of any injuries.

RCMP are investigating why the driver was on a road that was marked with a sign as closed to traffic due to flooding. The motorist may face charges under the Highway Traffic Act.

The RCMP issued the public caution Monday afternoon saying it’s dangerous for motorists and the crews who must rescue them to drive on closed roads.

Emergency crews from the RM of Whitehead, Virden and Brandon, along with the Manitoba Office of the Fire Commissioner, were called in on the rescue, along with Brandon RCMP.

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