The Rural Municipality of La Broquerie, waterlogged by rain over the past five weeks, is staying optimistic that unusual fall flooding won’t get any worse this weekend.
Municipal Emergency Coordinator Louis Tétrault said water is continuing to rise, but the handful of homes that were in danger of flooding on Friday have been diked and remain dry Saturday.
“At this point in time, we are still optimistic, we hope the homes won’t need more sandbags, and that it won’t get worse than it is,” said Tetrault in a phone call with CTV News.
Environment and Climate Change Canada is forecasting 25 millimetres of rain by the end of Saturday night. Close to 190 millimetres of rain fell in the region in September, about triple the normal amount.
As of 6:30 p.m. Saturday night, Tétrault said so far the rain appears to be doing what he was hoping for, falling more like a slow drizzle. He said about 15 millimetres of rain had already fallen but he was still expecting to receive the full 25 millimetres.
Thursday the R.M. declared a local state of emergency. About 30 roads in the RM have sections either partially or completely covered in water, and some are closed.
“The road situation is just going to be a day to say situation. We need more than just a few days of sun and dry,” said Tétrault. “Any day that doesn’t rain is a good day.”
A provincial spokesperson said Friday the province, through Manitoba Emergency Measures Organization (EMO), is monitoring the situation and is in contact with municipal officials to obtain situation reports on water levels in La Broquerie and in neighbouring communities.
“EMO will continue to maintain contact with the affected municipalities and will continue to monitor the situation as more information becomes available. Manitoba will also have staff in the area monitoring water levels and inspecting provincial infrastructure,” said the spokesperson.
“On October 1, Manitoba Infrastructure’s Hydrologic Forecast Centre issued a high water advisory for the Whiteshell Lakes area due to recent heavy rains across Manitoba and northwest Ontario.”
Cottagers and boaters should take caution on and around the lakes.