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Weekend Reads Manitoba Premier says he’s in process of declaring a state of emergency after snow storm

09:10  13 october  2019
09:10  13 october  2019 Source:   globalnews.ca

Manitoba snowstorm shuts highways, closes schools, snaps trees

  Manitoba snowstorm shuts highways, closes schools, snaps trees A storm that has draped southern Manitoba in heavy, sticky snow is causing havoc on highways and knocking down trees and power lines across the region. The Trans-Canada Highway is closed between Brandon and Portage la Prairie — one of many road closures — while 31,000 hydro customers are in the dark, including more than 20,000 in Winnipeg. Repairs will be delayed because of the treacherous conditions and all the downed trees and branches, Manitoba Hydro spokesman Bruce Owen said.

Phil Murphy said Friday he is declaring a state of emergency across New Jersey, effective noon Saturday Plus, after a high-impact storm , state officials seek financial assistance from the federal government to make repairs, and the emergency declaration is a required step in that process .

Premier Brian Pallister will declare a state of emergency after receiving a request from Manitoba Hydro, as a major snowstorm Manitoba Hydro is still putting in writing the specifics of their request, Pallister said . The intention of the declaration is to give the crown corporation time to do their repairs.

Brian Pallister wearing a suit and tie © THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says he is in the process of declaring a state of emergency following a request from Manitoba Hydro.

Hydro says by declaring a state of emergency more funds will be available to assist crews in restoring power.

READ MORE: The cleanup begins: Power slowly being restored, Manitobans begin to dig out after record-breaking snowstorm

A recording-breaking storm has thousands of Manitoban's remaining without power. The latest numbers show more than 53,000 people remain without power.

"We want to empower Manitoba Hydro," Pallister said in a last-minute press conference Saturday evening.

Many people in province are going on hour 48 without electricity.

"We have major work underway," Pallister.

"We have workers out there working their tales off. we have them putting themselves in less than ideal situations to assist us."

When asked by a Global News reporter on how soon a state of emergency will be declared, Pallister said the sooner the press conference is finished, the sooner the process to declare it begins.

Snow-battered Manitoba issues high-water, flooding advisory as cleanup continues .
WINNIPEG — Some areas of Manitoba are watching rivers and lakes closely as the province warns rain could bring high water — or even flooding — after a devastating snowstorm more than a week ago. Rain forecast for southeastern Manitoba on Monday meant a possibility of overland flooding in some areas.

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