Southeast inundated by yet another nasty weather system

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The planning committee for the Niverville Olde Tyme Country Fair will have been uttering a huge sigh of relief on Sunday, June 12, as their Friday and Saturday event this year went without a weather hitch.

Less than 12 hours after the close of the event, Niverville and the surrounding area of Ritchot was pummelled by yet another major storm system.

The rain began near noon on Sunday and quickly developed into the very storm that Environment Canada had been predicting, with high winds, hail, and heavy rain that caused flash flooding on many local streets.

According to one farmer, the rain gauge at his Niverville home measured about 1.75 inches, or nearly 45 millimeters, after the half-hour downpour was done.

That said, while the storm did leave white hail in many areas, the ice particles were nowhere near Environment Canada’s prediction for golf-ball-size torpedoes.

Bill Gordon was watching the cloudburst from his Niverville residence on Breckenridge Drive. As soon as the driving rain abated, he headed out onto the street along with a neighbour to help release the mud from the street drain to help the water clear more quickly.

From that location, Gordon measured the depth of the water at one foot and seven inches.

“I’m 63 years old and never seen it rain that hard before,” Gordon says. “It was pretty intense. I was surprised the hail didn’t break our front windows. The wind was blowing directly against them.”

According to other news reports, Steinbach was the hardest hit community along the storm’s path, receiving 46.7 millimetres, or nearly two inches, of rain in total.

As of Monday, June 13, Environment Canada has ended its weather warnings for Manitoba, although there remains a high chance of further rain showers in the first part of the week before temperatures climb to summer highs this upcoming weekend.

Brenda Sawatzky, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Niverville Citizen

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