Major downpour floods streets, knocks out power

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WINNIPEG --The downpour early today that flooded underpasses in the northwest part of the city dumped two inches of rain in an hour, lifted manhole covers, disrupted traffic signals and flooded more than a dozen basements all over the city.

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WINNIPEG –The downpour early today that flooded underpasses in the northwest part of the city dumped two inches of rain in an hour, lifted manhole covers, disrupted traffic signals and flooded more than a dozen basements all over the city.

The City of Winnipeg’s emergency preparedness co-ordinator Randy Hull said today the heavy rainfall affected the power to pumps under the street that keep the McPhillips Street and Route 90 underpasses clear.  “A flicker of voltage will cause the pump to go off.”

The pumps had to be manually reset, said Hull.

Matthew Capina photo Free Press reader Matthew Capina sent in this photo of the underpass on King Edward flooded by the rain this morning.

Several early-morning motorists drove into the deluge and their vehicles were partly submerged in the two underpasses. Hull urged people to use “common sense”.

When there is a heavy rainfall, underpasses may flood, just as when the weather is cooler overpasses can get icy.  Drivers need to exercise caution, he said.

The city received 21 calls about manhole covers being lifted from their bases during the downpour. Hull said that’s likely from the air pressure caused by heavy flow of water into the storm sewers.

Traffic signals were out because of water getting into the relay switches. They, too had to be manually reset, with crews going to the busiest intersections first, he said.

The severe thunderstorm warning ended just before 7 a.m.

Cloudy skies  were forecast  to continue for most of the day, and there’s a chance of more rain later in the day and tonight. The high today is 26 C, and the low tonight is 16 C.

On Saturday, showers should end early in the afternoon. The high is 21 C.

KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Friday the 13th is not a lucky day for drivers during the morning rush hour as heavy rain hit the city early this morning overwhelming storm sewers, flooding streets and underpasses, including the McPhillips Street underpass.

The long-range forecast looks good, with plenty of sunshine and temperatures in the low to mid 20s Sunday through Thursday next week.

If you have a story to tell about this morning’s storm, email the Free Press at city.desk@freepress.mb.ca

 

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Updated on Friday, August 13, 2010 7:30 AM CDT: Updates power outage information.

Updated on Friday, August 13, 2010 9:57 AM CDT: Changed picture and fixed cutline.

Updated on Friday, August 13, 2010 1:43 PM CDT: Updated with new information

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