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Manitoba drenched by downpours

Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer

August 15, 2010 — The past couple of days have been a wash out in parts of Manitoba, but the rain will taper off on Sunday.

This backyard in Boissevain, MB, suddenly had a pond.
This backyard in Boissevain, MB, suddenly had a pond.

The bulk of the rain has now fallen in Manitoba, but continuing showers could bump up rainfall totals to 50 to 90 mm by Sunday. The northern interlake region is getting the biggest soaking, especially between Grand Rapids and Gypsumville.

To the south, Winnipeg also had a wet end to the week. By Saturday morning, 60 mm of rain had fallen in the city. Most of the rain fell in the span of 30 minutes on Friday, and that caused flooding in some areas.

Many underpasses were completely impassible and traffic lights flashed at several intersections. Meanwhile, near Steinbach, southeast of Winnipeg, there were reports of a funnel cloud that made it 2/3 of the way to ground.

Due to the high concentration of rain, the Manitoba government has issued a flood watch for many areas east of Lake Winnipeg. Storms over the past few days have saturated soil and any additional rain could result in flash flooding. Officials are warning that water levels could rise significantly on Netley Creek, as well as the Fisher and and Bloodvein rivers.

The rain fell for hours in Portage la Prairie, MB.
The rain fell for hours in Portage la Prairie, MB.

Saskatchewan and Alberta also faced some severe weather when thunderstorms rolled up on Friday. Several funnel clouds were reported, including one in Vanscoy, southwest of Saskatoon, as well as Yorkton. The Prairies were expecting an unsettled day overall on Saturday with cloudy showers persisting. “With the low, we're seeing troughs creating pockets of instability throughout. And if it gets hot enough, you may see some embedded thunderstorms as well,” said Weathern Network meteorologist Christina Huang.

For more forecast details where you live, make sure you click our Manitoba Cities Index. You can also tune into The Weather Network on TV, where your local forecast comes up every 10 minutes on the 10's.

With files from Lisa Varano, Jill Colton and The Canadian Press

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