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Two Youth Charged in Barn Fire Near Souris

RM of Glenwood Barn Fire
Two female youth have been charged in relation to a fire that destroyed a barn in the RM of Glenwood on Friday, May 9, 2014. (RCMP HANDOUT)

A barn in the RM of Glenwood has been destroyed following a fire Friday evening.

Manitoba RCMP were called to the property about 6.5 km north of Souris at around 7:30 p.m.

The barn housed a combine and was completely destroyed.

Two female youth from the area have been charged with mischief in connection with the blaze. They were released to their guardians and will appear in Brandon court on June 10.

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Souris’ Swinging Bridge Being Rebuilt

Cables to the Souris swinging bridge were cut Sunday, July 3, 2011 to protect the community's earth dike. (PROVINCE OF MANITOBA)
Cables to the Souris swinging bridge were cut Sunday, July 3, 2011 to protect the community’s earth dike. (PROVINCE OF MANITOBA)

A tender has been awarded to begin work on rebuilding the famed swinging bridge in Souris, Manitoba.

The local landmark was destroyed during the 2011 flood and eventually cut down.

The new 184-metre bridge will be rebuilt at a higher elevation and to modern safety standards. Construction is set to begin almost immediately and town officials are hopeful the bridge will be completed by this summer’s tourist season.

— Staff

Souris Rebuilding Swinging Bridge After 2011 Flood

Souris Swinging Bridge (PROVINCE OF MANITOBA)

The cables to Souris’ famed swinging bridge were cut last year as a precaution during the flood of 2011, but the structure will soon rise once again.

Town officials plan to rebuild the popular tourist attraction and held an open house Wednesday night to show off their plans to the public.

The suspension bridge won’t hold the historic value of its predecessor, but will be longer. The new bridge is expected to be 184 metres (603 feet) and be in operation in time for the 2013 tourist season.

The dismantling of the bridge last year was done due to flooding along the Souris River.

Series of Open Houses Examine 2011 Manitoba Flood

Canadian Forces soldiers form a chain and pass sandbags down the side of a dike next to the Waste Water Treatment Facility in Souris, Manitoba on Sunday, July 3, 2011. (MCPL HOLLY COWAN / ARMY NEWS)

Manitobans affected by last year’s flood are invited to attend two open houses this week in Brandon and Souris.

The Manitoba Flood Review Task Force is hosting the open houses in communities impacted by the record flooding seen in 2011. Residents will be able to meet with task force members, provide feedback on a wide range of issues related to last year’s flood, and learn more about the task force’s mandate and factors that contributed to the flood.

The task force was appointed by the province to independently examine a range of matters related to last year’s historic flood, including preparedness and response, flood forecasting, public communications, operation of flood control infrastructure and flood protection.

The first open house will be held today from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Brandon’s Keystone Centre (Salon A). On Thursday, residents in Souris can attend the Souris Glenwood Memorial Complex (Kirkup Lounge) between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Man Killed in Head-On Crash Near Souris

A two-vehicle crash between a car and an ambulance has killed a 54-year-old Souris man.

The head-on collision happened Thursday at about 6 p.m. on PR 250, roughly five kilometres north of Souris in the RM of Glenwood.

Witnesses reported a 2006 Kia Spectra was travelling southbound when it crossed the centre line and collided with a northbound ambulance.

The driver and lone occupant of the Kia was pronounced deceased at the scene, according to RCMP. The driver of the ambulance was transported to Winnipeg with critical injuries, while a second EMT and patient were transported to hospital with serious injuries.

The highway remained closed to traffic until about 11 p.m. while police investigated.

Speed and alcohol are not considered factors in the crash.

Six Injured in Flood-Fighting Accident in Souris

Canadian Forces soldiers form a chain and pass sandbags down the side of a dike next to the Waste Water Treatment Facility in Souris on Sunday, July 3, 2011. (MCPL HOLLY COWAN / ARMY NEWS)

Five soldiers from CFB Shilo and one volunteer were injured Monday afternoon assisting with flood-fighting efforts in Souris.

The Manitoba Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) says a hydraulic line on a truck unloading sandbags broke and sprayed a group of people who were nearby.

The STARS air ambulance responded and took all six people to hospital in Brandon.

“The thoughts of Manitobans and the provincial government are with those who are injured and we wish them all a speedy and full recovery,” Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger said in a statement.

Cables Cut to the Souris Swinging Bridge

Cables to the Souris swinging bridge were cut Sunday, July 3, 2011 to protect the community's earth dike. (PROVINCE OF MANITOBA)
Soldiers from CFB Shilo help sandbag in Souris on Sunday. (PROVINCE OF MANITOBA)

Officials in Souris were given no choice but to cut cables to the town’s iconic swinging bridge Sunday over fears it would rip out part of the community’s earth dike into the rising river.

Cables to the bridge were cut at about 7:30 a.m., as the river’s crest is expected in the next few days.

The Canadian military was called in Saturday to assist in raising the community’s earthen dike, and to help shore up other areas with sandbags.

Homeowners in Souris watch as the water creeps up to a protected property on Sunday. (STAN MILOSEVIC / MANITOBAPHOTOS.COM)

An additional 175 soldiers from CFB Shilo were brought in Sunday, on top of the already 200 soldiers already in place.

The rising Souris River continues to be a challenge for residents, who have been working since April to protect their properties from the rising waters.

Over the weekend, Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger toured the area to get an up close at what the community has been dealing with.

Souris’ bridge was nearly 600 feet long and was originally built in 1904.

Military Called In to Help Fight Flooding in Souris


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Residents living in Souris will begin receiving help from the Canadian military with their flood-fighting efforts.

Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger announced Saturday that 200 Canadian Forces personnel will be providing immediate support in the area.

The town has been battling the rising Souris River, which has created havoc south of the border in Minot, North Dakota, and continues to increase in height on the Manitoba side.

“The Town of Souris asked the provincial government for additional resources and, given the short time frame and the need to quickly mobilize resources, I authorized the request to the Department of National Defence for military support,” Selinger said in a release.

More than 150 people continue to work on building up Souris’ earthen dike, which needs to be topped up with sandbags.

The Souris River is expected to crest on July 5.