Gimli, Winnipegosis declare state of emergency for extreme weather
Gimli, Winnipegosis and RM of Mossey River have declared a state of emergency due to flooding and extreme weather.
At least four homes in Winnipegosis and at least six homes in the surrounding area have been evacuated and people have been sandbagging since Tuesday night to try and keep back flood waters.
In Sagkeeng First Nation, ten homes have been evacuated due to flooding.
The floodwater in Gimli has risen right up to the windows of some lakefront houses.
Powerful winds swept into the community overnight and kept blowing, pushing waves up to four metres high over piers and dikes.
Gimli Chief Administrative Officer Joann King said it's the worst storm the community has seen in a long time.
"I've worked for the municipality since ‘95 and I've never seen it like this," she said.
Officials in Gimli have recommended the voluntary evacuation of Willow Island, because they expect the causeway will be impassable soon.
Other parts of the province have been also been hit by strong winds and high water levels.
There is a high water advisory in effect for the Interlake Region as well as the Assiniboine and Red Rivers. Most water levels are expected to stabilize and begin to fall in the next few days as the winds subside later this week, officials with the province said.
RCMP have also shut down a section of the Trans-Canada Highway Wednesday morning with westbound lanes closed from Virden to the Saskatchewan border, where winds forced dozens of vehicles off the road.
In Winnipeg, the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport has reported some cancelled and delayed flights coming from storm-affected areas, said Christime Alongi, a spokesperson for the Winnipeg Airport Authority.
"What happens is we get the domino effect. So, if there is weather elsewhere that is bad, flights leave late there and get in to here late, or get cancelled," she said.
The storm is part of massive weather system paralyzing much of Western Canada and affecting most of North America.
The latest information on highway closures in available at http://www.manitoba.ca.
Take a look at our photo gallery to see pictures of the flooding sent in by viewers in Winnipegosis and around the province.