Andrea Stockton, staff writer
October 28, 2010 — A state of emergency was declared in Gimli and the west-central village of Winnipegosis, Manitoba Wednesday after strong winds helped to push water on land.
The massive low pressure system that's been walloping most of central Canada is starting to loosen its grip. But for some, the damage has already been done.
A local state of emergency has been declared in the Rural Municipality of Gimli and in the village of Winnipegosis. Strong winds have been whipping water off of Lake Winnipeg and Lake Winnipegosis, causing localized flooding in surrounding areas. In some cases, waterfront cottages have been submerged.
“Flooding has occurred at the Winnipegosis beach ground and of course this has affected any residents in that area with low lying homes,” says spokeswoman Jo Bunka, from the Village of Winnpegosis. Bunka adds that several people have been evacuated from the area.
The strong northerly winds associated with a weather bomb have helped push water from the lakes onto properties. A peak wind gust of 92 km/h was recorded in Delta Marsh. Brandon had a gust of 84 km/h, and the winds clocked in at 78 km/h in Winnipeg.
There were also some impressive rainfall totals. 93.4 mm fell in Arborg, 90.8 mm was recorded in McCreary, and 78.5 mm of rain soaked Portage la Prairie.
Efforts are underway to minimize any damage left behind by the flood waters.
“Sandbagging has been carried out throughout the night, we've been having wonderful volunteers who have been coming out and helping to prepare sandbags as well as helping to dike around different homes and areas,” says Bunka.
Brian Dillon is a meteorologist here at The Weather Network. He says that this storm will go down in the record books. “As this record setting fall storm moved through Manitoba, it brought an all time record for lowest barometric pressure in Winnipeg.”
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With files from Lyndsay Morrison