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All streets from the tracks to the lake in the west end of the city were covered by water and it continued its flow along the tracks to the east end, where it spilled out on to connecting streets there.
The water poured down Main St., flooding cellars and residences on Prince Ave., Charlton and other streets. Those not hit by the floodwaters experienced difficulty with sewer backups.
The water rose up to the axles of train cars parked on the C.N.R.
Tracks. Before the morning was out, stores announced they had sold all their supplies of rubber boots.
By Monday morning, the water had started to recede, but sections of the city not touched by the flood were now being bothered by surface water which came through the ground and found its way into cellars.
The streets looked like they did on the day of the cyclone in 1922! They were strewn with cord wood, barrels and anything that would float.
The bodies of chickens drowned in the flood were floating around. West of 4th St. and north of Lorne Ave., all streets were still under water, and in the low sections the water climbed up the sides of houses to a depth of several feet.
The next day, Tuesday, a half-mile of track was reported washed out one mile east of Poplar Point. The water, on its journey east ward, was reported rushing across farm land in that area to a depth of 4 feet!
The river dropped four feet at Portage la Prairie on Tuesday, but classes were cancelled at the Collegiate because water had infiltrated the furnace room. One fireman was hurt attempting to fix a pump being used to bring the water out of the school.
Mayor W. M. Burns was engaged in a heated hassle with the C.P.R. over the railroad's refusal to break its grade in order to allow surplus water to run through and follow a natural course north. But C.P.R. officials said the request came too late to be of any help, and breaking a path through the grade would cut the only main line still opera ting between east and west.
When it was all over, a relief committee was set up and its main task was to distribute cord wood to residents whose heating supplies had been carried away by the floodwaters.