Recent rainfall across southern Manitoba has prompted the provincial government to issue a flood watch for Dauphin Lake, which is already a metre above the normal summer target level and is already considered to be at flood stage.

The rain in the Dauphin and Duck Mountain areas has led to high run-off along the Valley and Turtle rivers, which flow into Dauphin Lake, according to the province's Hydrologic Forecast Centre.

Officials estimate the recent rainfall will raise lake levels by a third of a metre over the next few weeks.

Germaine Gendreau has been watching the water from her shorefront home and is worried wind will play a factor.

“There's no, no getting out of, the lake level will go up now because of the rain we've had in the last week. It's going to go up,” said Gendreay. “I don't know how much it will go up, but it will go up.”

Officials estimate the recent rainfall will raise lake levels by a third of a metre over the next few weeks.

However, the lake could rise by as much as a metre with unfavourable weather conditions, the government said in a news release Sunday.

Gendreau said area residents like her already have super sandbags or cement walls in place from last year. She is concerned the walls and bags won't be enough to keep her home dry if it keeps raining.

"Quite a few of us, yes, we put them up last July because we were concerned already then and mainly we were concerned with the winds at that time, but now it's getting to the point where the lake level is getting high enough that we are getting concerned about the water level too," said Gendreau.

The area got five or six inches of rain last week, Gendreau said — that translates to around 140 millimetres.

Area property owners are being advised to secure or remove their valuables along shorelines so they would not get swept away by the wind or waves.