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Flood watch issued for southern Manitoba

Rainfall amounts expected in the Prairies
Rainfall amounts expected in the Prairies

Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer

June 17, 2010 — With more rain on the way, officials in Manitoba have issued a flood watch for the southern and central parts of the province.

Last month's flooding in Winnipeg
Last month's flooding in Winnipeg

They just can't seem to catch a break.

After weeks of heavy rain and above-average precipitation this spring, people in Manitoba are facing another good drenching this week.

A low pressure system in the United States moved into the Prairie provinces on Wednesday. More than 100mm of rain has fallen in parts of Manitoba so far.

“The heaviest amounts have fallen through the Swan River and Northern Interlake regions,” says Michelle Cassar, a meteorologist here at The Weather Network. “The Dauphin and Riding Mountains areas also get a good shot of rain.”

Soil conditions are already saturated over southern and central Manitoba. As a result, provincial officials have issued a flood watch for much of the area.

River water levels are running high
River water levels are running high

Last month, a deluge of rain triggered major flooding in and around Winnipeg. Damage estimates from that storm are into the millions of dollars. A state of emergency was issued for the town of Emerson, where nearly every home was affected by flooding.

Still, Manitoba isn't the only province taking a hit. Parts of southern Alberta and Saskatchewan also got a drenching. That's not good news for farmers, who are already dealing with flooded fields and damaged crops.

For more local weather details for your town or city, check out our Canadian Cities Index. You can also tune into The Weather Network on TV. Your National Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of every hour.

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