By Sarah Klein
Manitoba’s Urban Search and Rescue Team (USAR) will begin guiding flooded-out residents along Lake Manitoba back to their properties over the next several weeks.
It’s now been deemed safe for residents living in the rural municipalities of St. Laurent and Woodlands to return and assess the damage caused by high water, wind and waves along the southeast shore of Lake Manitoba.
The USAR team will set up a mobile command centre in the St. Laurent area today to offer support to affected residents. The Office of the Fire Commissioner is co-ordinating more than 100 members and will be making recommendations to the provincial government if any further compensation should be provided to address the destruction.
Structural engineers will be assessing and temporarily stabilizing severely damaged structures to allow home owners to safely salvage their personal belongings.
Asked if the action is due to the rally that residents held earlier this week on the steps of the Manitoba legislature, Premier Greg Selinger said the decision is based on the best interest to allow residents access to their properties again.