It's a wet start to the day in the Central Plains. Heavy rain and thunderstorms during the 5 am hour made driving difficult and forced cars to pull over to the side of the road. Many side streets are covered in water several inches deep and parts of Fisher Avenue are covered in deep water.

About 85 hydro customers are affected as a small part of Northwest Portage is without power. Most of Oakville is without power as well. Manitoba Hydro hopes to have both outages restored by about 9:30 am.

Portage la Prairie and parts of southern Manitoba could receive up to 150mm of rain when it is all said and done by early tomorrow.

The province said a weather system that is hitting Manitoba will bring anywhere from 25 to 150 millimeters. The amount Portage la Prairie has received is already more than the low end of that total and more rain is expected throughout the day.

water in ditchesSome ditches look more like creeks

An overland flood warning has been issued to all areas south of Highway 1 and Highway 16.

Flood watch areaThe area under the flood watch
water at the Co-op parking lotLake Homestead Co-op