June 28, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter
A voluntary evacuation of homes and cottages in southern Manitoba near the Ontario border remains in effect several days after a heavy rain event caused flooding and road washouts.
Manitoba Sustainable Development (MSD) said in a press release on Monday that the voluntary evacuation of homes and cottages that have been isolated by road washouts remains in effect. The government department recommended the voluntary evacuation on June 25.
A number of regional roads in West Hawk, Falcon Lake and the Whiteshell areas remain flooded or damaged:
High water levels are affecting boathouses and docks along shorelines in the south Whiteshell area, MSD added in the release. As well, water may have reached two cottages on Caddy Lake and “efforts have been made to contact the owners.”
Report24CA RT Whiteshell region flooding washes out roads, cuts off cottagers from properties … pic.twitter.com/ei9XfsiHQK
— noel poliarco (@nhowellzki) June 26, 2016
Officials are waiting for the water to recede in many areas before repairs can begin, the release said, noting that it is too early to provide cost estimates until the full extent of the damage is revealed by receding water.
MSD said in a statement on Sunday that “heavy rains and resulting high water” had caused deteriorating road conditions, leaving cottage owners stranded with only boat access until road repairs could be undertaken. “Anyone who has experienced damage is encouraged to contact their insurance providers to determine their coverage,” the statement concluded.
— Holly Caruk (@hollycaruk) June 27, 2016
An amazing amount of water fell in Falcon Lake. This is the road leading to the South Shore – it was impassable. pic.twitter.com/nogcdOOlwg
— Brian Hamilton (@afccanada) June 26, 2016
Washed out areas on service roads, Highway 44, crews working on repairing sinkhole at Falcon Lake. pic.twitter.com/aeuZBeZQlL
— Teresa Giesbrecht (@Treizlou) June 26, 2016