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Westman Emergency Group warns of overland flooding

Parts of southwestern Manitoba have received a lot of moisture in April and May which means flooding could still be an issure.

It's the last thing the farm community wants to hear, in fact, everyone is ready for sunshine, but...

On Monday, May 9, a Manitoba Emergency Alert warned southern and central Manitobans of potential overland flooding because Manitoba Transportation and Infrastructure’s Hydrologic Forecast Centre has issued an overland flood watch for these areas.

Light rain and maybe a thunderstorm yielding, 10 – 15 mm, was forecast for Monday in the Yellowhead municipal area. The week of May 9 - May 13, expect wet weather; possible showers, and rain on Friday.

The Virden (Melita) forecast area can also expect a possible thunderstorm Monday, May 9, in the evening and up to 15 mm of rain. However, by Wednesday there is a 60 per cent chance of showers and rain forecast for Thursday and Friday, as of 5 p.m. Monday. 

If there’s large amounts of rainfall in a short period, the already saturated ground could see overland flooding. This may impact low lying areas, roads, and properties.

Some of the creeks and waterways could see a sudden rise.

Residents along these areas are cautioned about the potential sudden rise of water levels.

Listen for updates.

Assiniboine rising

On May 2, Manitoba Transportation & Infrastructure's Hydrologic Forecast Centre issued a flood warning for the Assiniboine River from the Shellmouth Dam to the City of Brandon. It takes around a week for the Assiniboine to make its way from Shellmouth to Virden. The river appeared bank full at that time. The Miniota and Virden area can expect to river to continue to swell.

Manitoba officials warn people not attempt to cross fast flowing waters or waters of unknown depth. Avoid flooded areas.

Listen for updates. Plan and take precautions to stay safe. Up-to-date information is available here and road information is at www.manitoba511.ca. Follow @MBGov and @MBGovRoads on Twitter or stay tuned to local media.