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Near-record rain floods streets, basements

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Westman was drenched with a month's worth of rain in just one day on Thursday — flooding intersections, soaking pedestrians, and sending some basement furniture bobbing.

Environment Canada recorded 75.2 mm of rain between midnight and midnight at the airport weather station, which is just under three inches.

Vehicles travelling on Rosser Avenue splash through the pooled runoff water from the rainfall on Thursday afternoon.

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Vehicles travelling on Rosser Avenue splash through the pooled runoff water from the rainfall on Thursday afternoon.

Jordan Stremel takes cover beneath some plastic sheeting while walking down Sixth Street on a rain-drenched Thursday afternoon.

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Jordan Stremel takes cover beneath some plastic sheeting while walking down Sixth Street on a rain-drenched Thursday afternoon.

Rain, at times heavy, had to flow somewhere — and that somewhere was the Assiniboine River.

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Rain, at times heavy, had to flow somewhere — and that somewhere was the Assiniboine River.

That's not quite a record for the airport station, which recieved 86.4 mm on May 6, 1964. But it's close to a record for June. The most rainfall ever recorded in June at the airport was on June 2, 1953, when 80 mm fell.

A different weather station, at the research station, has not yet released its rainfall total from Thursday. It has records dating back more than a century, and it recorded an all-time record rainfall of 102.9 mm on June 2, 1953.

In a normal June, Brandon receives 80.7 mm of rain in the entire month.

But climate change is making more rain the new normal. Twenty-five years ago, Brandon got just 66.9 mm of rain in a normal June.

Meanwhile, all that rain had to go somewhere. And as it slowly drained from flooded streets and basement, it flowed into the Assiniboine River, which spiked nearly 10 inches at the end of the storm.

River levels are measured hourly at the First Street bridge, and they show the river level moving up by about 25 cm as rainshowers turned heavy on Thursday evening.

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