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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.

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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

Construction crews worked Tuesday afternoon on laying gravel down a pathway on 18th Street NW, just north of Gigot Ave. prior to the tracks in Portage la Prairie. (Matt Hermiz/TheGraphic/Postmedia Network)

New paved path being built on 18th St. NW

The walking path that runs along Park Drive towards the retail shopping area in the northwest end of Portage la Prairie will soon have adjoining access from Saskatchewan Ave., up 18th Street NW.Construction of a new walking/biking path on the west side of 18th Street NW is underway. Crews have begun digging up the route and laying down gravel.“We'v

The Code Mobile parked outside the BDO Centre in Portage la Prairie July 18. (Brian Oliver/The Graphic/Postmedia Network)

The Code Mobile stops in Portage

A few lucky individuals from Big Brothers Big Sisters Portage la Prairie were fortunate enough to get a crash course in computer coding, thanks to the ladies from the Code Mobile.

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