Provincial flood officials held a rare Saturday news conference to provide an update on the current flooding situation, which they’re calling unprecedented on a geographical scale and the second largest in history.
Steve Topping of Manitoba Water Stewardship said this year’s flood extends from the Saskatchewan border to eastern Manitoba, from The Pas to the U.S. border. Topping also warned conditions are changing rapidly.
One of the latest challenges is an ice jam on the Assiniboine River near Poplar Point that has caused water levels in the area to rise. Icebreaking equipment is currently attending to the jam to free up debris so water can move freely through the Portage Diversion.
The Red River Floodway was being adjusted accordingly on Saturday due to the ice jam.
As outlined by the city on Friday, river levels will rise in Winnipeg by just over a foot this weekend at James Avenue, but will subside again by Sunday.