Voluntary evacuations happening in RM of Dufferin as overland flooding continues

Overland flooding continues in the RM of Dufferin, and in its latest update released Sunday afternoon, officials have indicated numerous residents have elected to voluntarily evacuate.

“Please stay where you are unless it is absolutely necessary for you to leave your home,” stated the news release to PembinaValleyOnlione. “There are numerous vehicles using the limited accessible roads to respond to the situation.”

Directly west of Carman there are significant road closures south of PR 245, many residents are dealing with sandbagging efforts. There are approximately 24 road closures between Carman and the Escarpment.

A state of local emergency has been declared in the RM of Dufferin.

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Some of the closures include (as per the Manitoba Transportation and Infrastructure road report website):

– PR 245 there is water on the road about 1 1/2 miles West of Carman, creating potentially hazardous driving conditions.
– Highway 240, Jct Highway 23 to Jct Highway 245
– Highway 338, from Highway 245 to Highway 23, is now closed to all but local traffic. This closure is due to water on the road.

“Water levels will continue to wash out and over roads,” noted the release. “Water from the escarpment has accumulated in the Roseisle Creek, and is moving fast. Please watch for road closures signs and do not remove or go around and barricades.”

Emergency Services and Public Works are diligently handling the emergency, and officials are urgent everyone stay away from the emergency area. If you have an emergency, please call the Emergency Coordinator at 204-745-0103.

If you have evacuated your home and have yet to register, please call 204-745-2301.

dufferin pr245 may012022 cdfdPR 245 west of Carman. Photo taken Sunday afternoon, and courtesy Carman Dufferin Fire Department Facebook page.

The following photos were submitted by Christa Smith.

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