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Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Gimli experienced floods due to high water levels and severe winds

Flooding in Gimli caused by high water levels and strong winds

Key Takeaways:

  • Residents in Gimli are experiencing overland flooding due to Lake Winnipeg’s high water level and strong winds.
  • Greenberg has heard accounts of people having water into their homes and overland flooding on their property.

Gimli residents are struggling with overland flooding due to Lake Winnipeg’s high water level and severe winds.

According to Lynn Greenberg, mayor of the R.M. of Gimli, the water is being blown onto people’s properties.

“When the water level is higher than the drain pipes, any of our drain pipes can become clogged. Therefore, whenever this occurs, it always causes us trouble, “explained he.

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Greenberg has heard stories of water entering people’s homes and that some people are struggling with overland floods on their property.

He continued by saying that due to the high water, at least a few other people had to be evacuated from their homes.

To ensure it can drain correctly and prevent more flooding, local workers are also constructing a dike at one of the major drainage pipes.

According to Greenberg, the wind is one element that might benefit the neighborhood.

Flooding in Gimli caused by high water levels and strong winds
Flooding in Gimli caused by high water levels and strong winds. Image from CBC News

“People who stay on the other side of the lake may experience problems if winds are pushing, say, from the west as well as pushing the water east. We can benefit temporarily when the wind changes.”

Sandbags are accessible for residents who require them, according to Greenberg, who also praises the public works personnel for helping the neighborhood deal with the most recent flood problem.

Highway 329 east of Riverton is closed owing to flooding on the road, the province also declared.

CTV News has also contacted the provincial government for comment, and we are awaiting a response.

Source: CTV News

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