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City declares state of emergency

Mayor Shari Decter Hirst signs papers declaring a state of local emergency for Brandon, while emergency coordinator Brian Kayes and general manager of operations Rod Sage watch.

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Mayor Shari Decter Hirst signs papers declaring a state of local emergency for Brandon, while emergency coordinator Brian Kayes and general manager of operations Rod Sage watch.

In the wake of the massive rainfalls this weekend, the City of Brandon has declared a state of emergency.

Over the past several hours, city crews have responded to numerous instances of overland flooding, drainage issues and downed tree debris caused by the sustained rainfall and high winds.

The main access road to the Brandon Municipal Airport (McGill Field) remains closed at this time due to overland flooding in the immediate area. As a result, the Sunday flight out of Calgary was cancelled.

Passengers affected by the flight cancellation are urged to check www.westjet.com to determine if the flight will be re-scheduled.

A state of local emergency provides a municipality with a number of extraordinary powers to be able to respond to weather disasters.

The state of local emergency will be in effect until July 28 unless Brandon City Council chooses to extend it at a later date.

Residents who have experienced water in their basements are encouraged to check their insurance policies for clarification on coverage. Individuals are reminded to document and photograph the details of any damage.

Residents who believe they may be dealing with sewer back-up issues versus overland flooding are encouraged to contact the City of Brandon’s public works department at 204-729-2285.The phone number can also be called to report blocked catch basins or downed trees.

Downed power lines should be reported to Manitoba Hydro immediately by calling 1-888-MBHYDRO. 

The RMs of Arthur, Wallace, Pipestone and Edward are also in states of emergency.

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Thank-you City of Brandon for your prompt response!!!!

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