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Manitoba residents brace for flooding amid snowstorm aftermath

Certain Manitoba residents are now on flood watch, just over a week since a monster snowstorm hit the province and forced a state of emergency.

The province issued a flood advisory on Sunday for lakes within Whiteshell Provincial Park and for rivers and creeks in south and southeast Manitoba.

As reported by the Canadian Press, Manitoba Infrastructure said water levels in the Whiteshell region had stabilized at or near record highs and would decline as long as there wasn’t too much rain.

But rain forecast this week in southern Manitoba means increases the likelihood of flooding in overland areas.

The blizzard that brought heavy snow to the province on Oct. 10 has also created run-off after melting in most south central and western areas.

Yet as this flood advisory comes, many residents are still trying to recover from the snowstorm aftermath.

Manitoba Hydro said that on Sunday about 2,000 were still without power and about 53,000 customers were in the dark on the Thanksgiving weekend.

It added that the storm wiped out more than 100 transmission structures, destroyed thousands of wooden utility poles and

A Manitoba Hydro spokesperson told Global News that costs for repairs will be more than $100 million, but said that a definitive cost won’t be determined for a few weeks.