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Manitoba, Oct 13 (Canadian-Media): Premier Brian Pallister declared a state of emergency as a result of the treacherous storm, media reports said.
With about 37,500 Manitoba Hydro clients without electrical power, province's emergency centre reached a heightened level of concern.
The intention of the declaration is to give the Crown corporation time, and additional resources to do their repairs.
"We've had very heavy and freezing rain, heavy snow and strong winds," Pallister said, adding that an additional 20 to 25 millimetres is expected to fall in the south and central parts of the province into Sunday.
Several rural Indigenous communities, such as Peguis First Nation, are preparing to evacuate due to outages.
Stormy conditions in Manitoba/Twitter
The city of Winnipeg has already closed the floodgates and activated the Red River floodway on Wednesday to prevent flooding in the capital region.
Pumping operations are already underway in Emerson, Morris, Dominion City and some other communities.
The situation is being closely monitored by Manitoba Infrastructure and Sustainable Development.
In response to the declaration of state of emergency in Manitoba, Ontario Premier Doug Ford issued the following statement:
"Ontario stands ready to provide any assistance that the people of Manitoba may need during this challenging time. Our government has reached out to Premier Pallister to offer our full support in whatever capacity is needed...We are ready to help. As fellow Canadians, it's our duty to help others when they need it most. Our thoughts are with the people of Manitoba during this difficult time."