Flooded-Out Residents Hold Rally at Legislature

About 200 angry residents living along Lake Manitoba and Shoal Lakes held a rally at the Manitoba legislature Tuesday afternoon to demand further compensation for their losses.


Residents accused the NDP government of deliberately flooding out their homes and cottages when water from the Assiniboine River was diverted into Lake Manitoba.

Homes have been swamped by water, which residents blame on an overworked Portage Diversion, currently working overtime to handle a one-in-350-year flood.

Emergency Measures Minister Steve Ashton addressed the crowd, who gave him a chilly reception. Ashton said the province is providing a special compensation package that will accommodate Lake Manitoba residents.

The cost of this spring’s flood is expected to exceed the 1997 flood.

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