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Mobile flood-response centre will be in Virden first

The province says a mobile recovery office will be set up in communities around Westman, starting with Virden. Staff at the office will be available to answer questions and take applications for disaster financial assistance.

The office will be open today until Tuesday in Virden, in the parking lot of the town office, at 236 Wellington Street West. It'll be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Over the next few days, staff from the Alberta Emergency Management Agency will arrive to help, as well.

As of this morning, about 771 people have evacuated their homes and communities due to flooding in 2014. This includes about 160 evacuees from two communities who remain evacuated due to spring flooding.

However, evacuees from the RMs of Archie and Wallace are beginning to return to their homes.

Several flood warnings, watches and high water advisories remain in place. The flood watch for streams and drains in the Parkland region has been lowered to a high water advisory.

Livestock producers looking for additional sources of hay or pasture can see current listings at www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture under ‘online resources’.

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