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Overland flood warnings continue in Westman

Reston residents make their way through some of the deepest parts of a flood on Saturday afternoon. Reston saw flood waters as high as four feet after it was hit with between six and eight inches of rain on Friday night, affecting around 400 of the town's residents.

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Reston residents make their way through some of the deepest parts of a flood on Saturday afternoon. Reston saw flood waters as high as four feet after it was hit with between six and eight inches of rain on Friday night, affecting around 400 of the town's residents.

The province says that water levels are still high and, with more rain on the way, they are extending overland flood warnings in southwestern Manitoba.

Warnings have also been extended for some areas in the northwest and Interlake regions.

Intense rainstorms over the weekend brought a two-day total of nearly 100 mm of rain to Brandon, with 107 mm falling in Reston — and a whopping 140 mm fell in Garland, north of Dauphin, between June Thursday and Monday.

Over the next 72 hours, southern Manitoba is expected to receive up to 15 mm more rain while central and northern Manitoba are expected to receive significantly more precipitation, up to 75 mm in some locations.

Water levels in rivers and creeks increased significantly due to the rain, with some rivers ending up higher than their spring peaks.

Pipestone Creek, for example, rose 6.5 feet, matching its spring crest. Ochre River rose five feet and is about a foot higher than its spring crest. The Turtle River rose seven feet over the weekend, though it didn't quite match its spring crest.

The Garland River, which rose five feet and is now six inches above its spring peak, is still rising, although other rivers and creeks appear to have crested.

More than 70 homes may have been imapcted by flooding in Reston, where a state of emergency is still in force. Some roads were washed out and pumping is underway to reduce the level of the water.

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