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Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Due to flooding, a Manitoba community has declared a state of local emergency

Flooding has forced a community in Manitoba to declare a state of emergency.

Key Takeaways:

  • Due to flooding and the risk of evacuations, a Manitoba hamlet announced a state of local emergency on Thursday morning.
  • According to Paul Gilmore, the major concern for these people, reeve of the RM of Montcalm, is that they will be unable to leave their houses.
  • Pumping attempts continue in some areas, and the ring dike at the old bridge approach to St. Jean Baptiste has been closed.

On Thursday morning, a Manitoba hamlet declared a state of local emergency due to flooding and the possibility of evacuations.

IN A PRESS STATEMENT, the RM of Montcalm stated that the state of local emergency will be in force until May 28, 2022.

According to the report, there are 16 residences along Saint Mary’s Road that may need to be evacuated. The issue has been communicated to potential evacuees, and accommodations are being made.

Marc Sawadsky, whose home is one of the 16 under evacuation orders, is ready for the possibility that the road in front of his house could be swept out as the flooded Red River approaches.

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“I believe we will lose access here in a few days. It is what it is, and there is nothing that can be done about it, “he stated

According to Paul Gilmore, the biggest issue for these individuals, reeve of the RM of Montcalm, is that they will be unable to leave their homes.

Gilmore stated, “We want to ensure our residents are protected and secure.”

The ring dike in St. Jean-Baptiste has been partially closed in the center of town. Nine roads are closed in the RM of Morris, which has also declared a state of emergency.

However, all eyes are on Highway 75 in Morris, where local officials feel it will be necessary to close the road to protect the community.

“Based on the weather forecast for this weekend, I believe it’s a foregone conclusion that it will be closed,” stated Ralph Groening, RM of Morris reeve.

Morris Mayor Scott Crick predicted that the road would be closed between Friday and Monday.

This can be inconvenient for truckers, but a new short route is now around Morris. Nonetheless, the trucking group is concerned that the detour will be rendered ineffective if flood levels rise to 2011 levels, requiring trucks to take a considerably longer route.

Flooding has forced a community in Manitoba to declare a state of emergency.
Flooding has forced a community in Manitoba to declare a state of emergency. Image from CBC News

“Right now, that rough cost for a typical truck is between $250 and $300 each trip, according to our math,” stated Aaron Dolyniuk, executive director of the Manitoba Trucking Association.

Local businesses that rely on traffic would be impacted if Highway 75 was closed.

“The message we’ve sent out to our citizenry is that we should all make an additional effort to support local businesses at this time,” says the mayor, “Crick said.

Sawadsky said he has enough food and supplies in the RM of Montcalm and is currently hunkering down.

“We’ll be staying.” If you will, there is something romantic about island camping, “he stated

Pumping efforts are underway in some locations, and the ring dike at St. Jean Baptiste’s old bridge approach is closed. On the south end of St. Jean Baptiste, the RM of Montcalm’s shop has a sandbag filling station available.

A full list of road closures in the area can be seen on the community’s website.

Crews will keep an eye on the water levels and offer updates.

Residents of Montcalm are advised not to travel on water-logged roadways. Those whose homes have been flooded should check their insurance coverage. If they do not have overland flood insurance, they must fill out a disaster financial assistance (DFA) application form.

The amount of rain expected this weekend, according to the RM, will influence the situation.

Source: CTV News

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