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Honourable , MLA Thompson
June 26, 2013

Storms in Southern Manitoba

I rise in the house today to provide an update on the major wind and rain storms that took place throughout the southern portion of the province last night.

Unusually strong winds last night knocked down a number of trees in provincial campgrounds in the south east. I would like to send my condolences to family and friends of the man who was fatally injured in the Falcon Lake Campground. We urge campers to use caution and be vigilant when camping under extreme weather conditions.

Extreme rainfall also impacted several towns and rural municipalities in the south west.

Local States of Emergency are in place in the RM of Wallace which includes the Town of Virden, the RM of Albert, the RM of Edward, and the RM of Pipestone, including the town of Reston.

There are currently 28 individuals being evacuated from the personal care home in Reston. Provincial Highway #2 and several municipal roads are closed due to overland flooding.

Provincial and municipal officials are working to assess damages and re-open roads. Provincial Emergency Management officials are in contact with communities to ensure they have the resources they need.

Provincial flood forecasters are also closely monitoring water levels on the Saskatchewan River as the water makes its way from Alberta. Officials are also monitoring “hot spots” on the Souris River near Melita and Vermillion River near Dauphin to assess the situations and determine if additional resources are needed.

I can also inform the house that the province’s offer of assistance to Alberta remains open and that we are prepared to assist them in their in their recovery efforts over the next days and weeks. As people are more than aware, we here in Manitoba have significant experience in dealing with the impacts of major flooding.