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Flood risk remains high in Manitoba

Levels of spring flooding will be dependent on future weather conditions as the first 2017 flood outlook suggests the risk of moderate to major flooding persists in many areas of the province, Infrastructure Minister Blaine Pedersen announced.

“At this time, we encourage communities to continue with preparatory measures such as ensuring emergency protocols are in place,” Pedersen said.  “The province’s Hydrologic Forecast Centre will continue to closely monitor precipitation, spring melt and inflows from the northern United States in the Red River Basin and the Souris River basin in the west.  As the flood outlook becomes clearer, we want to ensure the safety of our communities and all Manitobans.”

Currently, the forecast models suggest:

·      the Red, Souris, Pembina, Roseau and Lower Assiniboine rivers and the Whiteshell Lakes areas are at major risk of flooding;
·      the overland flooding risk is moderate in the Interlake region, along the upper Assiniboine River and the northern portion of the province including the Saskatchewan River; and
·      major lakes remain a concern and current river flows and other lake levels are normal to above normal for this time of year.

The minister said the province continues to assess data as it immediately begins work on the second and final flood outlook scheduled for release in late March. | READ MORE


February 27, 2017
By Province of Manitoba

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