Flood Relief Efforts Continue in Northern Communities

An Amphibex is currently working to break up ice in areas of northern Manitoba. (CHRISD.CA)

Late fall flooding in northern Manitoba continues to keep the province busy with emergency efforts.

The Manitoba Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) has deployed equipment to relieve flood waters in the vicinity of Pelican Rapids, Sapotaweyak Cree Nation and the community of Waterhen.

Ice jams haven’t helped the situation, as frazzle ice and cold weather continue to be a challenge as river levels rise.

As of Sunday, the Amphibex ice-breaking vessel was on the Shoal River, as dikes were holding up to protect about 30 homes in the area.

However, officials say at least five homes were damaged, evacuating 25 people outside community and another 22 from within the community.

The community of Waterhen has declared a local state of emergency as the Waterhen River swells. Four-hundred temporary dikes were brought in to hold back the water and Highway 328 was closed due to water over the road.

If the situation continues to worsen, the Amphibex will be brought in to the Waterhen area.

The province is also monitoring high levels along the Roseau River in the southeast area of Manitoba, where no flooding has been reported at this time.