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Sunday, October 1, 2023

In Manitoba’s Interlake region, heavy rain has washed out highways

Heavy rain washes away highways in Manitoba's Interlake region.

Key Takeaways:

  • The ECCC has issued rainfall warnings for areas of the Interlake region, as well as wind advisories for parts of southern Manitoba.
  • According to Manitoba 511, several routes have been closed. Highway 222, approximately 5 kilometres north of Gimli, has been closed down due to a washout, according to the authorities.

Roads in Manitoba’s Interlake region have been washed out due to heavy rain.

Rainfall warnings have been issued for sections of the Interlake region, as well as wind warnings for parts of southern Manitoba, by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC).

According to the video shared with CTV News, water is covering sections of Highway 9 and has washed away parts of the highway at Lakeside Road.

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Multiple routes have been closed, according to Manitoba 511. According to the government, Highway 222, roughly 5 kilometers north of Gimli, has been closed due to a washout. According to the report, the same roadway is also closed near Camp Morton, about 3 kilometers north of Gimli, due to washouts and flooding on the road.

According to the rainfall warning, many regions, including Gimli, have received 30 to 50 mm of rain, with another 10 to 20 mm forecast throughout the day Tuesday.

“Heavy downpours can trigger flash floods and water pooling on highways,” the ECCC warns, adding that flooding in low-lying areas is a possibility. “Be on the lookout for washouts near rivers, creeks, and culverts.”

Heavy rain washes away highways in Manitoba's Interlake region.
Heavy rain washes away highways in Manitoba’s Interlake region. Image from CBC News

Heavy rain, as well as wind, have also caused outages in southwestern Manitoba, according to Manitoba Hydro.

“We’re seeing outages persist as wind gusts up to 90 km/h are forecast to continue into this afternoon in some places,” Manitoba Hydro warned in a Tweet Tuesday afternoon.

According to the statement, crews are trying to restore electricity to those who have been affected.

On Manitoba 511, you can get more information on road closures.

Source: CTV News

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