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Ice jams trigger flooding in Manitoba


The Assiniboine River in Manitoba
The Assiniboine River in Manitoba

Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer

November 23, 2010 — Three separate communities in Manitoba have now been affected by ice jams and flooding.

Volunteers have been filling sandbags
Volunteers have been filling sandbags

A third community in Manitoba has now been affected by ice jams and flooding.

Officials around the Dauphin River First Nation had to close roads due to high water levels. No homes have been evacuated.

Meanwhile, the community of Waterhen, is under a state of emergency because of flooding caused by ice jams. Water levels of the Shoal River, between Pelican Rapids and Sapotaweyak Cree Nation, have also risen due to ice jams. Several families in these regions were forced to leave their homes.

The province has sent out an Amphibex icebreaking machine to try and get water flowing once again. According to Paul Guyader, a spokesman with Manitoba's Emergency Measures Organization, it was picking at the jam on Saturday, right at the point where the Shoal River drains into Lake Winnipegosis.

Ice jams usually occur in the spring.
Ice jams usually occur in the spring.

Volunteers have also been busy filling sandbags to protect properties.

To stay up-to-date on the weather conditions in the affected area, be sure to check your local forecast. You can also tune in to The Weather Network on TV, where your National Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of every hour.

With files from Jill Colton

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