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Winnipeg Ikea evacuated after rain floods streets, stores

Heavy rain in the city of Winnipeg shuttered two stores and flooded multiple streets Thursday night.

Heavy rain waters flood stores, streets across Winnipeg

Heavy rain in the city of Winnipeg shuttered two stores and flooded multiple streets Thursday night.

Flood waters rushed into the Ikea store before 9 p.m., forcing officials to evacuate the building. Customers had to be ushered out through ankle-deep water.

The backlane of Laidlaw Boulevard in Tuxedo was completely flooded Thursday night. (Andrea Gruber)

A YouTube video emerged around 9 p.m. showing a geyser of water spraying up into Kenaston Boulevard while customers try to navigate their way to the exit.

Officials said they had the store evacuated in under 20 minutes, and crews were on scene cleaning up the mess shortly after. Officials said they were not sure if the store would be open on Friday.

Another business, Superstore on Grant Avenue, was also flooded Thursday night and had to close early.

A number of streets filled with water Thursday evening as well, slowing traffic. Police closed off the Kenaston underpass and instituted a detour after flood waters made it impassable.

Elsewhere in the city, residents were seen paddling in a canoe near Cathcart Street in the Assiniboine area. There was nearly a foot of water in the streets, and some residents could be seen bailing out their window wells.

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