WHITESHELL – Many main roads in the Whiteshell are severely damaged after a weekend downpour caused flooding in the area.
Crews have already begun to fix the damage as some residents remain stranded in their homes and cottages. Voluntary evacuations are still in effect for those that can actually get out.
Conservation Officer Geoffrey Smith says it’s hard to tell when things will be back to normal.
“Some roads will require extensive repairs while others are quick to repair. We do have extra equipment coming in and the parks crews and highways will be working pretty hard to get things opened as quickly as they can.”
The owner of Penguin Resort at Falcon Lake, Irene Moulden, is optimistic they’ll be good to go for the long weekend.
“My husband has got part of the water running again and if highways get in and fix the road, we should be ok.”
Moulden says roughly 20 people were stuck at the resort, while others in cottage country were stranded as well.
Environment Canada reports the storm dumped more than 130 millimetres of rain, which is quite a turn from earlier this year.
“Many of the areas that are under voluntary evacuation right now because of the rising water were under evacuation orders during the forest fire,” Smith explains. “We’ve gone from one extreme to another.”
Manitoba Hydro crews worked around the clock this weekend – in the Whiteshell and across southern Manitoba – trying to restore power to thousands.