A flood warning is in place for the Red River Valley from Emerson to the floodway entrance south of Winnipeg, the province announced Sunday afternoon.
This, as southern Manitoba faces flooded basements and roads, while western parts of the province face power outages as a second Colorado low rocks the province.
Winnipegger residents report basement walls collapsed and sump pumps can’t keep up with the incoming water.
“(The Colorado low) stalled overnight, continuing to bring sheets of rain and snow to southern Manitoba,” Environment Canada meteorologist Dave Carlson told 680 CJOB on Sunday.
“But now it has started its journey east, so over the course of the day, we should expect things to settle down a bit.”
As of Sunday afternoon, The Forks had received 2.5 inches of rain since the storm began Friday, Carlson said.
Altona recorded 73 millimeters and St. Adolphe received 67 millimeters, he said.
“It was really focused here in the Red River Valley, and I think that was mainly because we saw those pretty good thunderstorms yesterday, and they tend to bring a lot of rain in a short period of time,” Carlson said.
Winnipeg Police continue to ask drivers to be careful on the roads.
“A little advance planning is always a good bet”, WPS Const. Claude Chancy told Global News.
The service reports large areas of standing water and a large sinkhole on Route 90 near Dublin Ave. and Notre Dame Ave. that forced a partial road closure.
The Henderson Highway underpass at Perimeter Highway is also closed Sunday morning due to standing water.
Winnipeg, along with much of southeastern Manitoba, remained under a rain warning as of Sunday afternoon.
The river level at the James Avenue gauge was 17.84 feet as of 4:58 p.m., the city’s website said.
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Peak levels at the entrance to the Red River Floodway are anticipated between May 5 and May 9, according to a city statement Sunday afternoon.
City crews are clearing sinkholes, culverts and ditches of debris to facilitate drainage, the city said in the statement.
Winnipeggers expecting or experiencing ground flooding can pick up sandbags at the following locations:
- 1220 Pacific Ave.
- 1090 Tomas Avenue
- 1539 Waverley St. in the visitor parking lot, next to the recycling bins.
“Residents must bring identification to prove they live in Winnipeg,” the statement said.
In the Portage la Prairie area, an unusual wind warning, with potential gusts of up to 90 km/h, had been lifted on Sunday afternoon.
Westman continues to be plagued by road closures and power outages caused by heavy snowfall.
As of 5 p.m. Sunday, there were fewer than 900 Manitoba Hydro power outages affecting more than 20,000 customers, down from more than 15,000 around 8:30 a.m.
Affected areas include the Dauphin area, east of Riding Mountain National Park, the Morden area, along with parts of southwestern Manitoba near the Saskatchewan border.
“It’s significant,” said Manitoba Hydro’s Bruce Owen. “We’re trying to get to them as fast as we can, but you just have to look out the window and know the road is a little slow.”
“One of the challenges that we have besides the weather is the road conditions.”
Manitoba Hydro is working primarily to de-ice power lines that are being overloaded, Owen said. However, crews are also seeing downed trees and broken utility poles. At least one was struck by lightning over the weekend.
Owen asks for patience, as repairs can take hours or days for some people who live in more rural areas.
Inland flood warnings are in progress for areas of southern Manitoba south of the Trans-Canada Highway extending east to Provincial Trunk Highway 12.
Other parts of northern Trans-Canada, such as southeastern Neepawa, as well as between Portage la Prairie and Winnipeg, are also under a land-based flood warning.
The province also issued a high water advisory for the Whiteshell Lakes area.
time to come
The Colorado low hitting the province is moving slowly east Sunday afternoon and into the evening, pulling more precipitation, Carlson said.
Rain turned to snow Sunday in Winnipeg, mostly melting on top of rain that had already fallen, he said.
“It’s really going to be a windy, sad day,” Carlson said, adding that the rest of the week looks calmer.
“I don’t know if there are going to be more big systems like we’ve seen, but I can’t rule it out entirely, because this is the time of year we tend to get these really powerful systems going. ,” he said.
“We are not out of the woods.”
On Saturday, the province reopened the Red River flood channel to mitigate the risk within the city limits.
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At the same time, a large number of flood warnings were issued for parts of southern Manitoba.
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