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June 29th, 2014, 4:30 PM – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Brandon, MB – In response to widespread overland flooding following a weekend storm event, a State of Local Emergency has been declared by Brandon City Council this afternoon.

As per The Emergency Measures Act, a State of Local Emergency allows the City to be in the best position to be able to manage the impact of the recent rainfall and any future precipitation. A State of Local Emergency provides a municipality with a number of extraordinary powers to be able to respond to weather disaster threats.

The State of Local Emergency will be in effect from June 29th, 2014 to July 28th, 2014, unless Brandon City Council chooses to extend it at a later date.

Over the past several hours, City crews have responded to numerous instances of overland flooding, drainage issues and downed tree debris caused by the sustained rainfall and high winds.

The main access road to the Brandon Municipal Airport (McGill Field) remains closed at this time due to overland flooding in the immediate area. As a result, the Sunday, June 29th, the daily WestJet flight in and out of Calgary was cancelled. Passengers affected by the flight cancellation are urged to check www.westjet.com to determine if the flight will be re-scheduled.

Residents who have experienced water in their basements are encouraged to check their insurance policies for clarification on coverage. Individuals are reminded to document and photograph the details of any damage. Residents who believe they may be dealing with sewer back-up issues versus overland flooding are encouraged to contact the City of Brandon’s Public Works Department at 204-729-2285.

The above phone number can also be called if you wish to report blocked catch basins or downed trees. Downed power lines should be reported to Manitoba Hydro immediately by calling 1-888-MBHYDRO. In case of emergency, always call 911.

The public is cautioned to stay away from the Assiniboine River and all areas of standing or fast-flowing water as these areas can be dangerous and unpredictable. Residents are also asked to cooperate with City of Brandon personnel as they work to manage this State of Local Emergency response.

Updated information will be posted to www.brandon.ca and the City of Brandon’s Facebook and Twitter accounts as it becomes available.