Another day, more rain in southern Manitoba
More rain, and rainfall warnings, are slapping a wet blanket on outdoor sporting events, as well as people's spirits generally, in southern Manitoba on Friday.
Environment Canada has rainfall warnings in effect for the Red River Valley and the Brandon and Killarney areas.
"Other parts of southern Manitoba will see periods of rain, at times heavy, today. In general, about 30 to 50 mm of rain is expected by the time the rain ends tonight," Environment Canada's alert states.
Much of southern Manitoba already got a soaking on Thursday and got even more rain on Friday.
Environment Canada's unofficial total amounts as of 3 p.m. Friday were:
- Winnipeg: 20 to 35 millimetres.
- Portage la Prairie: 61 mm.
- Brandon: 19 mm.
- Carberry: 70 mm.
- Deerwood: 64 mm.
- Melita: 23 mm.
- Pinawa: 35 mm.
- Gretna: 36 mm.
- Gimli: 33 mm.
- Steinbach: 34 mm.
- Morden: About 100 mm.
- Austin: About 90 mm.
- Sandy Hook Golf Course: About 50 mm.
Sporting events cancelled
The rain has forced organizers of numerous sporting events in Winnipeg to cancel or reschedule their events, including the Winnipeg Goldeyes' game against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks on Friday evening.
The Goldeyes will host a double-header Saturday at 5 p.m., the team announced on Twitter.
The Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association called off its Friday afternoon games in its Provincial Urban Soccer Championships at Grant Park because the fields were not playable due to the rain.
To make up for the lost time, the games will be played on Saturday, weather permitting, and there will be a single-game elimination instead of a double-game.
At Little Mountain Sportsplex, north of Inkster Boulevard, the 32-team Monster Mania event has been rescheduled for next weekend due to saturated fields.
As well, a midget baseball tournament at Whittier Park was called off for Friday. Games may resume on Saturday, weather permitting.
Morgan de Peña, the executive director of Baseball Manitoba, says it has been a very rough and frustrating season to date, as leagues try to make up games that were lost due to the weather.
"The number will be an issue. What they will try and do is either schedule double-headers, find some open dates, play some Saturdays … or maybe backload the games at the end of what was the regular schedule," he said.
"The problem becomes the access to facilities. With so many different teams — and not only just in baseball, but also softball and slow-pitch, a lot of times using the same diamonds — who's going to have priority to those fields and how often can you get on them to make your games up?"
De Peña said some leagues in the Red River Valley have lost as much as 25 per cent of their seasons.