Pembina Highway reopens after heavy rains caused flooding, forced closure

The City of Winnipeg reopened Pembina Highway northbound Wednesday after heavy rain caused flooding in the Jubilee underpass.

Pembina reopened after stretch between Stafford and Jubilee was closed due to flooding

The rainy view of Pembina Highway near Grant Avenue on Wednesday. (Darren Bernhardt/CBC)

The City of Winnipeg has reopened Pembina Highway, after Wednesday's heavy rain caused flooding in the Jubilee underpass.

As of 8:45 p.m., northbound and southbound lanes between Stafford Street and Jubilee Avenue, which had been closed earlier, were reopened. The city urged drivers to be cautious in the area as some workers may still be on scene.

Multiple other streets in Winnipeg also saw heavy amounts of water Wednesday.

School of Rock Winnipeg on Corydon Avenue closed for the day when its basement flooded. There was also some flooding reported at Winnipeg Square and at the Fairmont Winnipeg. 

"Like many Manitoba buildings today, we have been hit with rain," the hotel tweeted, adding it was nonetheless "fully operational."

Rain water covers Sara Avenue between Sherbrook Street and Maryland Avenue in West Broadway on Wednesday night. (Thibault Jourdan/Radio-Canada)

Early rainfall counts suggest the greatest amount of rain fell downtown and in River Heights on Wednesday, said Mike Russo, a meteorologist with Environment Canada, just before 9 p.m.

The airport reported about 26 millimetres of rain, the Forks saw 46 millimetres and unofficial reports in River Heights suggest more than 50 millimetres of rain fell in the area, said Russo. 

"Any time you have a thunderstorm going through your area with excessive rainfall there's a possibility of having a problem with the sewer system," Russo warned.

Winnipeg may see some light sprinkles overnight, he added, but the worst of the storm is over.

"For the remainder of the night I suspect the system will continue to move off toward the east [with] the precipitation moving away from the area," said Russo.

The City of Winnipeg recommends homeowners take steps to protect their property, particularly their basements, from flooding.

Those steps include installing a sump pump in the basement, inspecting backup valves and sump pump drainage systems, and ensuring downspouts are pouring away from basement walls while earth is built up around the house.

If your basement does flood, the city says residents should call 311.

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