The Northern Health Region says the reason for the suspension is due to staffing issues at the facility and high-water issues in the area and the facility will reopen August 10th.
If any emergencies come up during this time period, patients would be taken to either Lynn Lake or Thompson.
Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey says as Leaf Rapids is a part of his constituency he spoke to the community’s administration regarding concerns of flooding. He says they’re all very confident they’ve got everything in place to protect the water plant, that there should be no issues with it flooding the place, super sand bags, they’ve got more there that they can place if needed, they’ve got pumps on loan from conservation, Manitoba Infrastructure has been up there and done stuff, they’ve had fire crews sand bagging some other places that were thought to be in danger and the flood forecast keeps going down for the Churchill River water level.
A spokesperson for the NRHA says they understand the apprehension the closure may be causing, and the health authority’s goal is to meet the health needs of patients served by the Leaf Rapids Health Centre during this closure.