High water levels predicted for Pukatawagan, Leaf Rapids, other communities: province

The provincial Hydrologic Forecast Centre has issued a flood warning for some parts of northwest Manitoba.

Residents in Pukatawagan, Granville Lake, Leaf Rapids and other communities are asked to prepare for water levels to rise in the coming days.

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High water levels coming into Manitoba from Saskatchewan and possible rises along the Churchill River are being cited as the reason for the warnings for Granville Lake, Marcel Colomb and Leaf Rapids. SaskPower is also releasing what the Hydrologic Forecast Centre described as "record high flows from reservoirs along the Churchill River" in a July 9 news release.

Levels at Pukatawagan and Mathias Colomb Cree Nation are predicted to see a rise within three to five days (July 12-14), peaking in five to eight days (July 14-17). The centre says the water level is expected to rise by as much as five to seven feet.

At Granville Lake, water levels are expected to rise within two weeks, with a peak in three to four weeks in late July or early August. Water levels at their peak are predicted to rise between eight and 10 feet.

Leaf Rapids is expected to see a rise in two weeks and a peak in three to four weeks, with a possible rise between eight and 10 feet.

Some portions of southwest Manitoba have already been hit hard by flood conditions this year, caused many by record rainfall. More than 70 people in the rural municipalities of Riverdale and Whithead are still evacuated from their homes as of July 9.

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