WHITESHELL, MB – Heavy rainfall over the weekend has triggered voluntary evacuations for some areas in the Whiteshell.
The storm dumped 136mm of rain in the area, according to Environment Canada.
There has been some flooding along South Shore Road in Falcon Lake and areas in West Hawk Lake. Due to the washout of several roads, many cabin goers are stranded.
“Some people are stranded on the south shore of Falcon Lake as well as Nora Lake and their road is washed out right now.” Conservation Officer Geoffrey Smith tells 680 CJOB.
This has forced residents to take matters into their own hands. Jennifer Martens tells 680 CJOB her husband and their five-month-old toddler finally made it over a flooded gap near Falcon Lake.
“All of the sudden there was a convoy of cars that were coming and my husband and another gentleman put down a board on one side and they guided cars across it,” Martens said frustrated over the lack of response from the Province.
“Some of the other cars came by and they were hugging my husband and saying thank you because nobody is coming up with any ideas.”
Martens adds she was lectured by the Conservation officers for crossing the gap in the road and was even threatened with a fined.
It’s unclear if anyone else is stranded in the area.
PR312 is closed at Caddy Lake due to water on the road. PR307 North Whiteshell is washed out near the CP tracks between Brereton Lake and Rennie, with motorists advised to travel via Seven Sisters. Falcon Lake underpass is completely blocked and traffic is being directed to use the West Hawk Lake underpass. South Shore Rd near Falcon Lake has been temporarily been re-opened.
The province has setup an info line until 8 p.m. Sunday at 204-349-2201.
The same storm produced lightning, high winds and rain throughout southern Manitoba
According to Environment Canada, most areas south of the Trans Canada Highway got between 30-75 mm of rain with 78.2 falling in Killarney.
The strongest winds hit Melita with gusts reaching 124 km/h. In Brandon, gusts reached 106 km/h.
In Winnipeg, between 20-30 mm of rain fell in different areas of the city and the strongest winds measured 54 km/h.
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