Flash flooding in Manitoba: ice jam dislodged for now
The ice jam that caused the Flash Flooding in Manitoba and a state of emergency has been dislodged now but officials say the damage is not over yet. The Red River is flowing rapidly but people living upstream could see more flooding as the ice makes it way north. It is likely at this point that the ice will jam again.
Flash flooding has hit the Canadian Province of Manitoba, and a state of emergency has been declared. Communities to the north of Winnipeg have also been affected as an ice jam on the Red River has caused the flooding to occur.
At least 30 families have had to leave their homes in the areas of East St. Paul, West St. Paul, Blanchard, St. Laurent, Franklin and St. Clements.
Volunteers were up all night filling sandbags to help stop the rising waters and residents are filling more sandbags to protect their homes, but they may have to evacuate later today.
"We were prepared as much as we could be but we just didn't have any idea it was actually going to come over the banks," said Gail Masson, who left her home Wednesday. "We just weren't prepared for that."
Work crews are working to break up the ice jam to move it down the river, but that may only cause more jams downstream and then, more flooding.
The ice jams are affecting riverside communities all the way down to North Dakota.