Manitoba floods cause border crossing to close

| Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Flooding along the Red River in the province of Manitoba has closed a U.S.-Canadian border crossing approximately 10 miles west of the North Dakota-Minnesota state line.

Canadian Border Services first reported on April 15 that the Gretna, Manitoba, crossing on Provincial Trunk Highway 30 was closed to Canada-bound traffic. The crossing was still closed as of midday Tuesday, April 18.

Border Services issued information on alternate routes at www.cbsa.gc.ca. That site also links to the latest flood information and highway closures, a border official told Land Line.

Alternate routes to Highway 30 include Emerson Highway 75 from U.S. 129, which is open 24 hours; Tolstoi Highway 59 from U.S. 59, open from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m.; and Winkler Highway 32 from U.S. 32, open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Those hours have been modified from regular hours to incorporate the detouring traffic.

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