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Kenora floodwaters trigger evacuation orders for hundreds

KENORA, Ont. –

A town in northwestern Ontario has issued an evacuation order in response to a flood risk that is expected to increase in the coming days.

Officials in Kenora, Ont., issued the evacuation order on Friday but said more residents were encouraged to leave their homes this morning when some roads in the area were closed for safety reasons.

The city’s statement said hundreds of residents are expected to be affected by the ordinances.

Officials say there was more than 45 centimeters of water in some local streets, noting that it is no longer possible to build roads safely or install new culverts.

The city says water levels in Lake of the Woods, the Winnipeg River and Black Sturgeon Lake are expected to continue to rise over the next five to seven days.

With water from Black Sturgeon Lake still flowing into the Winnipeg River, the city warns that flooding in surrounding areas could increase significantly if water levels in the river rise too high.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on May 14, 2022.

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