Friday's downpour breaks decades-old rain record in Winnipeg, leaving some homes damaged | MCUTimes

Friday’s downpour breaks decades-old rain record in Winnipeg, leaving some homes damaged

WINNIPEG — A rainstorm in Winnipeg on Friday brought more than 60 mm of rainfall — broke a decades-old record and left some homeowners confused.

Friday night, Carol Webster and her husband noticed some small leaks around the living room window of their home in St. Louis. James area. When she woke up later that night, water was flowing from her ceiling.

“I shouted upstairs and said ‘I think we have a big problem’ and just took it from there,” Webster said.

“I actually went to the local Facebook group, and a lot of really helpful people gave me ideas on who they used (for water damage).”

Webster called his insurance company and the roof damage is now being assessed.

She has lived in the house for 28 years and said she has never experienced anything like it.

According to Environment Canada, Winnipeg recorded 65.7 mm of precipitation on Friday.

The previous record for the heaviest rainfall on August 20 was set in 1983, when Winnipeg saw 47.2 mm of rain.

Webster is not the only Winnipegger to suffer water damage as a result of Friday’s heavy rainfall.

Patrick Lundrigan, owner of the Ground Down Foundation, said he has received many calls for water to seep into basements, floods and swamps that are not working.

“It’s been a busy season because it was dry, now that we’ve been raining, it’s going the other way.”

Lundrigan said the dry weather this summer could cause houses to shift and foundations to crack, and when you add large amounts of rain, it could lead to flooding.

“People do not notice their problems yet until they go downstairs and they start walking around on the carpet and the carpet is completely wet.”

To protect against flooding and water damage, Lundrigan suggests making sure the soil around your house slopes away from the foundation, and making sure the roof trusses work properly.

Meteorologist Justin Shelley said the intensity of precipitation is a major factor when it comes to floods and rain damage.

“You can get a lot of rainfall to fall over a long period of time and not necessarily get that type of flooding. Whereas if you have very high-intensity rainfall, or if you have a lot of rain in a very short time, it is when you have a greater risk of seeing these floods occur, especially in city centers. ”

Webster said all the ceilings on the ground floor of her home need to be replaced.

“I’m sure if we had had a normal summer, my roof would have done it another year, and that was when we planned to replace it.”

Here is an overview of the 36-hour rainfall in Manitoba from kl. 11 Saturday:

  • Melita 71.6 mm

  • Sprague 71.2 mm

  • Brandon 71 mm

  • Winnipeg Airport 70.7 mm

  • Carberry 61.5 mm

  • Gretna 56.5 mm

  • Shoal Lake 49.9 mm

  • Winnipeg forks 43.5 mm

  • Cypress River 42.3 mm

  • Wasagaming 38.9 mm

  • Gimli 38.4 mm

  • Portage La Prairie 36.3 mm

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