Workshop to Study Past Manitoba Flood Trends

By Tyler Sutherland

A home is surrounded by flood water in Gimli, Manitoba in this October 29, 2010 file photo. (STAN MILOSEVIC / MANITOBAPHOTOS.COM)

With the flood flight already underway in parts of the province, a workshop today will help researchers and community leaders better manage future flooding.

The University of Manitoba’s Disaster Research Institute is hosting the workshop to share ideas on flood management risk by reflecting on the 1997 and 2009 Red River floods.

“Flooding represents one of Manitoba’s greatest threats and this workshop presents an excellent opportunity to discuss this multi-faceted issue in order to minimize its impacts,” said Professor Ronald Stewart, head of Environment and Geography at the U of M, and co-director of the Disaster Research Institute.

Water Stewardship Minister Christine Melnick and city councillor Thomas Steen will attend the inaugural session.

The workshop will be held at the Inn at the Forks from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.