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What remains of a home following a tornado at Long Plain First Nations. (Photos by Matt Hermiz and Brian Oliver/The Graphic/Postmedia Network)

Tornado damage clean up could take months

As families recover from the July 20 storm that saw tornadoes touch down in communities across southern Manitoba, the Rural Municipality (RM) of Portage has also began clean up efforts. And according to RM of Portage Reeve Kam Blight, those efforts could take months.

The Manitoba prairies, south of Portage la Prairie, Man. (photo by Matt Hermiz/Postmedia Network)

Alberta and Saskatchewan cattle on feed report

Canfax released the July 1 cattle on feed report, marking the twelfth month that on feed inventories have been above year ago levels. Lower placement volumes over the past couple of months and increased marketings have resulted in a sharp decline in on feed inventories from last June. At the beginning of May, on feed numbers were 70,000 head larger

Evacuee number higher than first thought

A late afternoon meeting between Canadian Red Cross officials, First Nation chiefs from Dakota Tipi and Long Plain communities was another step in crossing the T’s and dotting the I’s in the confusing aftermath of the F-1 tornado that ripped through parts of Manitoba Wednesday evening.

Long Plain First Nations Chief Dennis Meeches announces the band decision to declare the reserve to be in a state of emergency. At least 47 houses have been severly damaged and at least 200 people have been evacuated from the reserve, many being housed in Winnipeg at the Holiday Inn. (Brian Oliver/The Graphic/Postmedia Network)

VIDEO: Long Plain declares state of emergency

Long Plain First Nations Chief Dennis Meeches announces the band decision to declare the reserve to be in a state of emergency. At least 47 houses have been severly damaged and at least 200 people have been evacuated from the reserve, many being housed in Winnipeg at the Holiday Inn.

(Mickey Dumont)

Tornado wrecks 47 structures at Long Plain: Chief

A severe thunderstorm passed through the Portage la Prairie area Wednesday night producing strong winds and causing significant damage to vehicles and structures at Long Plain First Nation, where reports indicate up to two tornadoes touched down.Long Plain First Nations Chief Dennis Meeches said the band council will likely announce this afternoon

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