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Spring flooding risk for Manitoba

WINNIPEG - Manitobans are being warned that major flooding is possible in much of the province this spring.

Forecasters say a combination of high soil moisture levels and lots of snow could cause moderate to major flooding.

The severity of any flooding will partly depend on how much rain and snow falls in the coming months, as well as the timing and rate of the spring thaw.

Areas at risk of major flooding include the Red, Souris, Pembina, Lower Assiniboine and Roseau river basins and the southwest region of the province.

The Upper Assiniboine River, the Winnipeg River, the eastern region, northern Manitoba and The Pas regions – including the Saskatchewan, Carrot and Swan rivers – are at risk of moderate to major flooding.

Pedersen said it is early yet, but the government is planning for the highest potential flood risk and plans to release a full updated forecast next month. | READ MORE


January 31, 2017
By The Canadian Press