Flood warning continues for Winnipeg River and Whiteshell Lakes

Due to rapidly rising water levels in some parts of the Big Whiteshell Provincial Park a local state of emergency has been declared and some say more help is needed in the area. Morgan Modjeski reports.

A flood warning remains in effect for the Winnipeg River and the area of Whiteshell lakes, the province said in its latest flood update Saturday afternoon.

Manitoba says property owners in those two areas are being asked to remain vigilant and take precautions against flooding.

The Winnipeg River is experiencing high flows and water levels, the province says. Water levels could remain above seasonal for several weeks.


This comes after the provincial government declared a state of local emergency in Whiteshell Provincial Park due to flooding on Friday.

The province says rising water levels in the area about 130 km east of Winnipeg have created dangerous conditions and pose a significant risk to public safety.

Many highways are flooded, making travel conditions treacherous.


Manitoba Parks has ordered the evacuation of the Betula Lake area, including all cottage subdivisions, group use, day use, recreational and picnic areas, playgrounds, trails and beaches.

It says residents in areas near Betula Lake should be prepared to leave their homes due to rapidly rising water levels.

The park is characterized by lakes, rivers, bogs and rugged forested terrain.

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