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Residents on Roseau River First Nation Evacuated

April 23, 2011 4:30 PM | News

Flooding forced the evacuation of nearly 170 vulnerable people on Roseau River First Nation Saturday, as rivers across Manitoba prepare to crest.

A number of residents have also been evacuated from Morris due to precautionary measures as roads in the area may become impassable in the coming days.

Watch highlights from today’s flood briefing:

There are about 958 Manitoba residents who have been evacuated so far, most of which are because of road access concerns.

On the water level front, forecasters have adjusted their predictions on the Red River due to favourable conditions. Steve Topping with Manitoba Water Stewardship says the crest is still expected to hit Winnipeg between May 2 and 5, while it will arrive in Emerson by Monday or early next week.

On Saturday, the river at James Avenue in the city was at 18.3 feet — up 0.21 feet from Friday. Forecasters warned flows on the Assiniboine River will be increasing in the upcoming days.

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