View Full Version : Floods in Manitoba & Saskatchewan

05-01-2011, 02:58 PM
First the flooding and now a snow storm to make it worse.

Flood experts in Manitoba and Saskatchewan were assessing the impact of an unwelcome weekend snowstorm that has been linked to at least five deaths, shut highways and threatened to damage flood protection measures such as dikes and berms.

Packing high winds, the storm brought sub-zero temperatures and left up to 50 centimetres of snow in parts of the already-waterlogged region.Highways across southern Saskatchewan and Manitoba were creating problems for drivers, resulting in dangerous conditions that have been linked to five deaths. (Brady Strachan/CBC)
The 70 km/h winds whipped up floodwaters that overtopped some protective dikes, and caused dangerous whiteout conditions on most highways across southern parts of both provinces.

In the Qu'Appelle Valley of southeastern Saskatchewan, the nasty weather overwhelmed some dikes near Katepwa Lake. Dikes were holding, however, in the western Manitoba communities of Brandon and Souris, although there was concern they could be eroded due to the cold and wind.

The Trans-Canada Highway remained closed Sunday from Sintaluta, Sask. to Brandon, Man., while many secondary roads remained dangerously slippery and snow-covered. Motorists were advised to check road conditions before travel. At least five people were killed on roads early Sunday in western Manitoba, including two military personnel from CFB Shilo and three people in a pickup truck near Hamiota, Man.

In Manitoba, Highway 6 north of Winnipeg was closed due to slippery and snow-covered conditions, as was Highway 75 from Winnipeg to the U.S.

Manitoba Department of Highways spokesman Grant Buchberger said that early Sunday, it's "pretty bad, lots of blowing snow, very poor visibility.

"Some of our plows have not even had a chance to get out because just the conditions are so poor that they can't see what they're doing."

Rivers swollen
The combined rain and snow were expected to prolong high water levels across much of the Prairies.

Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger said those in the flood zone should remain extra vigilant the along swollen rivers and tributaries.

As the storm began to dissipate in most areas Sunday afternoon, officials in both Saskatchewan and Manitoba began to assess the impact on the flood situation.

Eastern Saskatchewan and western Manitoba got up to 50 centimetres of snow, and storm warnings continued over eastern Manitoba into Sunday.

05-01-2011, 03:00 PM

That was a bridge.

05-01-2011, 03:00 PM
holy cow, looks bad

05-01-2011, 03:01 PM


05-01-2011, 03:03 PM
looks like it could be in the keys

05-01-2011, 03:05 PM
Unfortunately that's all farm land.