Winnipeg flood had people canoeing in the streets

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:00 PM ET

WINNIPEG — Winnipeggers cleaned up Friday following Thursday's torrential rain storm.

The storm was heavy enough that some Winnipeggers pulled their canoes out and were paddling on streets in Linden Woods.

Meanwhile, parts of both Polo Park Shopping Centre and Portage Place reportedly flooded, as were offices at APTN downtown and numerous residential basements.

At Siloam Mission, officials said torrential rain hit the homeless shelter with up to 7.5 cm of run-off, causing the basement of their Princess Street facility to flood, with approximately 65 centimetres of water in the boiler room.

Maxson said the extent of the damage caused to the boiler's mechanical system is unknown, while some food and clothing supplies were also lost, including vital winter clothing.

"Storm drains were overwhelmed and water backed up into the basement," Dan Maxson, Siloam's director of operations, said. "We are already preparing for winter, so we need to get this cleaned up quickly."

Siloam is still able to accept donations.

There's more bad news in the forecast. More showers are in the forecast for Friday night, with rain and a thunderstorm risk on Sunday. Rain is also in the forecast for Sunday and Monday.


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