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Premier announces emergency helicopter for flooded Westman

Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives Minister Ron Kostyshyn (left), Premier Greg Selinger and Brandon-Souris MP Larry Maguire spoke to media in Brandon Tuesday morning. They will be touring flooded area in south western Manitoba throughout Canada Day including Deloraine and Melita.

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Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives Minister Ron Kostyshyn (left), Premier Greg Selinger and Brandon-Souris MP Larry Maguire spoke to media in Brandon Tuesday morning. They will be touring flooded area in south western Manitoba throughout Canada Day including Deloraine and Melita.

A conservation helicopter to be used for medical response in Westman is being moved to the Brandon Municipal Airport (McGill Field) Tuesday.

Flooded towns and RMs expressed safety concerns caused by the overland flooding and road closures throughout south western Manitoba. 

"We are working with the department of conservation to move a helicopter to Brandon today," Premeir Greg Selinger said. 

Selinger was in Brandon Tuesday morning to begin touring flooded areas in Westman. He will be making his way to Deloraine and Melita throughout the day. 

"We are concerned about the amount of water that still has to come from Saskatchewan," Selinger said. "An updated forecast of how much is expected later today, and that will hopefully give us and communities an idea of what needs to be done."

The province is focussed on dealing with immediate flooding issues around the province as quickly as possible. Until communities are out of harms way, it will not have an estimate of how much the damage will cost, Selinger said. 

"It will depend on what happens over the next few days, but we expect claims to be made for disaster financial assistance," he said. 

Manitoba Emergency Measures Organization encourages residents to take appropriate action and keep track of expenses and losses. Recording damages with pictures and spending costs will help to make claims for disaster financial assistance later.

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