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Souris declares emergency as precaution

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Rising water on the Souris River has led the town of Souris to declare a state of emergency – but strictly as a precautionary measure.

Stubborn ice on the Souris River has driven up water levels to the point where it is nearing the top of a 36-year-old flood-protection berm, said Charlotte Parham, chief administrative officer for the town of Souris.

Flood Fight

A sewage-treatment plant and several residential properties would be affected if the Souris River continues to rise in the southwestern Manitoba community. A state of emergency will go into effect at 10 p.m. as a precautionary measure that will allow the town to access private property, if need be, Parham said.

Volunteers are sandbagging low-lying properties, she said.

The Souris River begins in Saskatchewan and curls into North Dakota before flowing through four Manitoba towns – Melita, Hartney, Souris and Wawanesa – on the way to the Assiniboine River.

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