State of emergency in R.M. of Stuartburn due to flooding

By | June 8, 2020

WINNIPEG — The Rural Municipality of Stuartburn has declared a state of emergency due to overland flooding in the area.

The state of emergency, issued Monday afternoon, comes as a result of flooding from recent rainfall in the area this weekend. A post on the RM’s Facebook page said numerous roads in the area have washed out, and residents are advised to drive with caution.

CTV has reached out to the RM for an interview.

The RM of Stuartburn is located in southeastern Manitoba, and includes the communities of Vita, Caliento, and Sundown.

The Manitoba government announced a flood watch Monday afternoon for northwest and southeast Manitoba, including the Whiteshell lakes area.

The warning comes as areas of southeast Manitoba saw up to 155 millimetres of rain over the weekend, and parts of northern Manitoba had up to 25 millimetres of rain.

The province said another system moving toward the province could bring an additional 30 millimetres of precipitation in the areas over the next 48 hours.

The province said the precipitation could cause some localized overland flooding in low-lying areas.

This is a developing story. More to come.

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