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Flood alerts across Manitoba


Storm clouds in the distance in Thompson, Manitoba. Courtesy Tim Gilhuly
Storm clouds in the distance in Thompson, Manitoba. Courtesy Tim Gilhuly

Nicole Kallmeyer, staff writer

August 31, 2010 — Heavy rains generate flood warnings throughout Manitoba.

High rainfall totals in southern and central regions
High rainfall totals in southern and central regions

Heavy rain is flooding parts of Manitoba. On Monday, warnings were in place for both central and southern areas and now the northern parts of the province are at risk.

As of Tuesday afternoon, at least 15 areas had received more than 50 mm of rain. The town of Morris, just south of Winnipeg, had seen 100 mm of rain.

An unstable weather system moving northeast from North Dakota was the cause of the severe downpours.

These storms have created saturated soil conditions and more rain could create significant run-off and flash flooding in some areas.

Scraping away the frost in Nampa, Alberta. Courtesy Marlene Waye
Scraping away the frost in Nampa, Alberta. Courtesy Marlene Waye

There is also potential for increased water levels of several streams in the Interlake Region.

The good news is, the system will begin to push out as early as Tuesday night. “The rain should taper off Tuesday afternoon in the southern regions and later tonight in the north,” says Dayna Vettese, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

While unsettled conditions have brought rain to Manitoba, other provinces in the Prairies have been the first to feel fall's bite.

Over the weekend, parts of Alberta got below seasonal temperatures in the low teens and even single digits. On Sunday morning, the High Level region was under a frost warning after falling around the freezing mark.

With files from Lisa Varano and the Canadian Press

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