FLOODING CAUSES STATES OF LOCAL EMERGENCY AND INCREASED EVACUATIONS, MB
As flooding continues throughout much of Manitoba, residents are being reminded of precautionary safety measures: do not walk or drive through fast-moving water, and be watchful of local waterways as flood conditions can develop quickly.
The Municipality of Rossburn's Chief Administrative Officer Pamela Pannagl has informed WaterToday that two homes have been evacuated, and residents are being supported by both the municipality and the Province of Manitoba.
While no businesses are yet affected in the Municipality of Rossburn, the Trans Canada Trail from Rossburn to Angusville has been shut down; this section of the Trail covers 171 kilometres. According to a news release, there is a high risk of the rail bed collapsing which could result in flash flooding. Trails Manitoba has noted that the rail bed may be breached at any time due rising water levels on the south side – the north-south culverts are currently blocked by ice.
Evacuation numbers continue to rise as flooding spreads. The Peguis First Nation has now evacuated 131 individuals; Waywayseecappo First Nation has evacuated 64 individuals including a senior’s residence; and Birtle has evacuated 18 homes, totalling 39 individuals. States of local emergency have been declared in the Rural Municipalities of Westbourne, Hillsburg, Birtle and Rossburn, and the towns of Roblin and Birtle.