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Flood experts in Manitoba and Saskatchewan were assessing the impact of an unwelcome weekend snowstorm that has been linked to at least five deaths, shut highways and threatened to damage flood protection measures, such as dikes and berms.
Doreen Seaman, who owns a motel in Wolseley, Sask., said the storm packed a wallop with blowing, drifting snow.
"You couldn't see two feet in front of you," she said. "These people were coming in here one right after another just terrified. In fact we've had three people stay here who sat [parked on the highway] for 10 to 12 hours. Stuck. No food. Nothing."
In Manitoba, Highway 6 north of Winnipeg was closed due to slippery and snow-covered conditions, as was Highway 75 from Winnipeg to the United States. Those routes re-opened later Sunday although Highway 75 was closed at Morris due to flooding.