Flood Outlook a Relief for Southern Manitoba

Queen Elizabeth Park in Brandon sits underwater as seen on Sunday, May 8, 2011. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

The risk of spring flooding in southern Manitoba this year is significantly low, forecasters revealed Thursday.

Manitoba flood officials released their 2012 flood outlook for the province, which calls for the chance northern Manitoba will see flooding this season, particularly in The Pas. Above average soil moisture conditions are to blame, along with significant snowfall.

There’s also the chance of localized flooding, but that won’t have an affect on the main stems of the Red and Assiniboine rivers.

Officials noted that the chance of activating the Red River Floodway this season is very low, but depending on the weather, it may go into operation later in the season. Much of forecast flood models depend on areas of the province receiving additional precipitation before the spring melt.

An updated forecast will be provided in late March.

A detailed outlook is available at Manitoba.ca/flooding.

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