Lake Winnipeg RM preparing to declare state of emergency
Albert Beach residents worried about a repeat of 2010 flooding after 'weather bomb'
The Rural Municipality of Victoria Beach said Monday it is preparing to declare a state of emergency, given the high level of the water on Lake Winnipeg and strong winds that lasted all weekend and into Monday.
As of noon, the province said the wind warning was still in effect, but late Monday Environment Canada lifted the warning for the Lakes.
People in Albert Beach are still worried however about a repeat of flooding they experienced after a 'weather bomb' in 2010.
CBC reporter Laurence Lemaire reported from the community north of Winnipeg Monday. She said she spoke to a number of people, including Claudette Sabourin, who is a permanent resident at the beach.
Sabourin was completely flooded four years ago, when huge waves from Lake Winnipeg poured into the community, forcing people to get around by canoe.
Sabourin told Lemaire people are afraid the strong northwest winds that have been blowing all weekend and into Monday are threatening the dikes again now.
Lemaire said one of the RM councillors, Bruce Morrison, said that the state of emergency will probably be declared by the end of Monday afternoon or at the latest by Tuesday morning to allow officials to reinforce the dikes and to check people's property to make sure the necessary preparation work is done, in case a flood hits.