The water has receded, but people living in Niverville, Man. are spending the first part of their long weekend cleaning up after a brief but powerful rainfall Friday.

The town is buzzing with activity as homeowners rip out carpet and drywall after Niverville was hit by flash flooding yesterday.

Flash floods caused some streets to turn into lakes, stranding many vehicles.

As a precaution, residents are being asked to try and minimize the amount of water being used to Saturday to allow the sewer system to recover.

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Niverville residents tried to make the best of a wet situation, launching boats in the and playing in the flooded streets and yards. (Pat Kaniuga/CBC)

Niverville officials said as many 20 condos and many homes also took in water. As much as 50 millimeters of rain fell in some areas of Niverville and Steinbach in just 20 minutes.

The town's lift stations worked late into the night pumping excess water out of the system.

Paul Dale of Niverville said his carpets and furniture have to be replaced after the rain came up fast in his basement.

“The rain just keeps coming down and it came right up to the front door of the house,” said Dale. “The rain was so bad it was just filling up the garage and filling up the basement, and we just keep trying to keep up.

“It just keeps coming through the walls, so I think we're going to be doing this for a while now."

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Nearly 50 mm fell over Niverville in just 20 minutes Friday. (Pat Kaniuga/CBC)

Despite the mess, Dale said he's trying to find humour in it all.

“They actually were boating across my lawn this afternoon so I took some pictures of the boys,” said Dale. “I guess you have to keep the humour in mind even though this has happened, what can you do? You just have to make the best of it.”

Councillor Myron Dyck said flood garbage bins have been set up around the town.

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Many residents were forced to tear out carpet and drywall damaged in the deluge. (Trevor Brine/CBC)

“When I went by the one area where we had garbage bins placed last night — like a 30 yard bin — there were probably at least three or four of them that were almost filled to capacity," said Dyck. "I know people have been hard at work and through the night and into the morning.

"We tried to strategically place them next to the neighbourhoods that were the most greatly impacted and are spending yesterday and these days ripping out wet dry wall, rugs, flooring, etc.”

The storm also put a strain on the town's sewer system.

Public works crews and the volunteer fire department were out in full force as the lift stations worked well into the night.

Crews in Niverville said they will continue pumping water and assessing any damage.

According to the town's website insurance claims are being processed and some people have begun to file claims with the Manitoba Emergency Measures Organization.

Sunday service at both Niverville churches is cancelled due to flooding, Dyck said.