Storm Manitoba: 60mm of rain could fall next week

A series of precipitation systems could bring between 40 and 60 millimeters (mm) of rain to Manitoba over the next five to seven days, with the chance that some areas will get even more than that.

On Saturday, the Manitoba government released its latest flood bulletin, stating that the province will update its water level forecasts to determine the impact of the rain.

The province notes that southern and central Manitoba will experience strong winds later on Saturday and overnight, with gusts of up to 80 km/h. These winds can cause the water level in flooded areas of the Red River Valley to rise by as much as 15 centimeters.

The province added that waves can also cause the water level to rise temporarily and cause the roads to skip.

The Red River is currently near the summit of Emerson. Fisher River is near the summit at Peguis First Nation and Fisher River Cree Nation.

The Interlake, Red River Valley and other parts of Manitoba continue to experience flooding, which is concentrated around rivers, streams and drains. Residents are asked to monitor the conditions and take the necessary precautions.

The Manitoba government said it is on high alert as water levels rise in the Red River Valley. Peak water levels are expected to be close to 2009 levels on the Red River at Emerson, with slightly lower levels from Letellier to the Red River Floodway inlet.

A number of communities are affected by high water levels, with residents experiencing loss of access to roads, property flooding and damage to infrastructure.

To date, 26 communities have declared a local state of emergency and four municipal emergency operations centers have been established. Flood warnings and high water advisories are also in effect across the province.

Provincial Trunk Highway 75 is closed north and south of Morris. There are diversions.

The Red River Floodway and Portage Diversion will continue to operate to lower water levels in Winnipeg.

Provincial crews have been deployed to a number of communities in Manitoba, conducting pumping operations and monitoring and executing levee closures as needed.

The province is reminding Manitobans to stay off the waterways.

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