Manitoba Flooding Claims Lives of Elderly Couple

By Sarah Klein

Flood Watch 2009

Jackfish Creek - Balmoral

An elderly couple was swept away on Sunday evening while crossing the Woody River, about 450 km northwest of Winnipeg.

Mary Silverthorn‘s body was discovered by searchers, but her husband, 82-year-old Glen Silverthorn, is still missing. Officials called off the search for his body late Monday night.

Searchers found the couple’s empty Buick near a river crossing and the body of a 79-year-old woman downstream.

Suspicions on the couple’s whereabouts grew when they didn’t show up for Easter dinner Sunday evening in nearby Bowsman.

RCMP said the couple was driving across a ford crossing — a shallow spot on the river — when their car was swept into the Woody River by gushing flood water.

The couple was from Birch River and would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this fall.

— With files from RCMP and the Winnipeg Free Press
Image credit: CBC News