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Heavy rain floods parts of southern Manitoba...again


Flood waters swamp Virden
Flood waters swamp Virden

Staff writers

June 26, 2013 — For the third time in less than a week, heavy rain has resulted in flooding in parts of southwestern Manitoba.

Rainfall totals
Rainfall totals

Severe thunderstorms fired up across southeastern Saskatchewan Tuesday, prompting tornado watches and warnings through the afternoon and evening hours. 

The storms continued to push east into Manitoba, bringing heavy rain and strong winds up to 100 km/h. 

According to Environment Canada, the town of Reston between Melita and Virden was hard hit yet again. Just four days ago, between 100-150 mm of rain caused extensive flooding in the town. Reston recorded another 104 mm on Tuesday, bringing the total rainfall accumulation since Friday to roughly 245 mm. 

Highway 2 west of Reston was closed Wednesday morning due to flood waters over the road.

Some flash flooding was reported in Brandon on Tuesday with up to 70 mm reported in parts of the city.

Meanwhile, places like Virden and Souris saw closer to 60 mm with the storm.

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