Evacuation notices are in place for the Rural Municipality of Stuartburn in Manitoba. The evacuation order is not mandatory. Many residents have chosen to remain.
The Rat River is spilling its banks and there are 93 homes in its path.
The provincial government installed a new culvert across Arbakka Road in hopes of allowing the water to move toward the Roseau River.
The Rat River is a tributary of the Red River of the North in southern Manitoba. It is part of the watershed of Hudson Bay.
The river is found between the Roseau River and Seine River on the eastern side of the Red River. It flows east to west through the rural municipalities of Piney, La Broquerie, Stuartburn, Hanover, De Salaberry, Emerson - Franklin, and Ritchot, as well as the village of St-Pierre-Jolys.
It joins the Red River approximately three kilometres northeast of Ste. Agathe, Manitoba. The river is dammed near the community of St. Malo, creating a reservoir known as St. Malo Lake. The northern part of this lake and surrounding land comprise St. Malo Provincial Park.