Rain pounds southeast, leaves Interlake wanting

Flooding caused by torrential rains over the weekend caused the RM of Stuartburn in southeastern Manitoba to declare a state of emergency.

In announcement on June 8, the municipality advised residents that multiple roads were washed out and they should travel with extreme caution.

CBC reported on June 9 that 20 roads were washed out and an estimated 12 houses were flooded.

The June 9 Manitoba Crop Weather Report says Gardenton, which is the RM of Stuartburn, got 152 millimeters of rain between June 4 and June 9. This puts rainfall in the area at nearly 200 per cent of normal.

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Nearby, Zhoda received 100 millimeters of rain in the same period, and sits at 121 per cent of normal. Menisino got 56 millimeters and sits at 94 per cent of normal rainfall.

According to the report, most areas of the southeast received between 14 and 38 millimeters of rain in that period, and sit between 32 per cent of normal at Beausejour to 85 per cent at Prawda.

Growing degree days sit just below 100 per cent of normal in the southeast, ranging from 81 per cent of normal at Dominion City to 97 per cent at Elma and Sprague. Corn heat units sit between 85 and 96 per cent of normal.

Meanwhile, conditions are dry in the Interlake which at most received 19 millimeters of rain at Stonewall between June 4 and 9. The least rainfall was reported at Fisherton at just under 10 millimeters. Rainfall in the area ranges from 28 to 64 per cent of normal.

Lack of rain and a cool spring have slowed pasture and hay growth in the area according to the June 2 crop report from Manitoba Agriculture.

To date, growing degree days sit right around 100 per cent of normal in the area.

In the northwest region, rainfall was also light ranging from 8 millimeters at Reedy Creek to 24 millimeters at Ethelbert. Rainfall in the area is between 49 and 15 per cent of normal. The June 2 crop report said rain was needed to spur on pasture growth.

Growing degree days sit at or just below normal with the lowest at 87 per cent of normal at Alonsa. Corn heat units ranged from 89 to 101 per cent.

In central Manitoba, rainfall between June 4 and 9 ranged from 15 millimeters at Cartwright to 45 millimeters at Windygates. Rainfall ranges from 34 to 92 per cent of normal, though at Emerson it’s 144 per cent of normal and 115 per cent of normal at Starbuck.

Growing degree days sit at slightly below normal, ranging from 79 to 98 per cent of normal. Corn heat units range from 82 to 98 per cent of normal.

In the southwest, rainfall ranged from 8 millimeters at Miniota to 37 millimeters at Dand. Rainfall in areas like Forrest are well below normal at 35 per cent, while Wawanesa and Mountainside sat at nearly 80 per cent of normal.

Wasagaming and Lake Audy were outliers at 134 per cent and 128 per cent of normal respectively.

Growing degree days ranged from 85 to 101 per cent of normal. Corn heat units sat between 84 and 103 per cent of normal.

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Geralyn Wichers

Geralyn Wichers grew up on a hobby farm near Anola, Manitoba, where her family raised cattle, pigs and chickens. Geralyn graduated from Red River College’s Creative Communications program in 2019 and was previously a reporter for The Carillon in Steinbach. Geralyn is also a published author of science fiction and fantasy novels.

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