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Manitoba towns prepare for flooding by declaring emergencies

June 26, 2013, The Pas, Man. – The Pas and surrounding communities have declared a local state of emergency as they deal with the weekend's heavy rainfall and prepare for flood waters coming from Alberta.

June 26, 2013
By The Canadian Press

June 26, 2013, The Pas, Man. – The Pas and surrounding communities have declared a local state of emergency as they deal with the weekend's heavy rainfall and prepare for flood waters coming from Alberta.

The Pas, the Rural Municipality of Kelsey and Opaskwayak Cree Nation declared the emergency due to potential flooding along the Saskatchewan and Carrot rivers.

Public information officer Elsie Reid says people in the areas who may be susceptible to flooding are being asked to sandbag their properties.

A news release from the province predicts the Saskatchewan River near The Pas will approach 2011 levels as flood water from Alberta moves through Saskatchewan and into Manitoba.

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The province says the crest is expected in eight to 10 days.

Meanwhile, a state of emergency continues in the RM of Pipestone, where more than 70 homes may be damaged and about a dozen roads are closed due to overland flooding on the weekend.

The community of Reston in Pipestone got more than 17 centimetres of rain over the weekend.

The Winnipegosis state of emergency ended as flood waters receded on Monday.