While the power has stayed on for the most part in Portage la Prairie, that hasn't been the case for many Manitobans. As of 5 pm, just under 900 outages are being reported affecting close to 20,000 customers. The bulk of the outages are in Western Manitoba but a look at the map shows there are issues all across the province.
With varying conditions around the province, the highway report is changing on an hourly basis, with some that were closed opening up and others being shut down. At 4:30, these roads south of Portage were closed.
Highway 2, from Elm Creek to Starbuck,
Highway 3, from Sperling to Highway 342,
Highway 13, from Carman to Wingham,
Highway 23, from Highway 336 to Mariapolis
Light snow is still expected tonight but most of it has been melting on contact. The rainfall warning continues, however the wind warning has come to an end. Throughout the evening, the wind will be out of the Northwest at 40 and gust up to 60 km/h.
Water has been reported in some basements and to the south of us, Grand Forks has been seeing water levels on the Red River go up quickly. Yesterday, the river was at 32.37 Feet. This afternoon it is up to 40.2 Feet and mid-week it may crest at 48.5 Feet. During the flood of 1997, it hit 54 feet.