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Homes evacuated in flooded Manitoba


WINNIPEG — More homes were being evacuated and more roads were becoming impassable in southern Manitoba on Wednesday, as the province was swamped by overland flooding and rising rivers.

This spring’s flooding, now being called the third worst Manitoba has seen in a century, was doing considerab­le damage on the province’s largest First Nation, where 43 homes were affected.

Eighteen people from Peguis First Nation were forced to leave the community, with help from the Manitoba Associatio­n of Native Fire Fighters, and evacuation is a possibilit­y for another 70 residents, officials said.

The reserve, located about 190 kilometres north of Winnipeg, declared a state of emergency late Tuesday night for its 7,000 residents.

This year’s Manitoba flood has now surpassed 1979 levels to become the third worst in the last 100 years, behind 1950 and 1997, provincial officials said.

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