Manitoba to Compensate Some Flooded-Out Farmers

By Brian Schultz

Portage Diversion
Water flows through the Portage Diversion near Portage la Prairie on Wednesday, July 9, 2014. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

The Manitoba government is compensating farmers $1.15 million as a result of operating the Portage Diversion this past summer and flooding their farm land.

Payments will be made to crop and forage producers in the immediate vicinity of the Portage Diversion for lost production and land restoration, adding more than 2,500 acres are expected to be eligible.

“The government recognizes this decision led to flooding on agricultural land and losses for producers. This compensation will be targeted to farmers affected by the use of the diversion and support their land restoration efforts,” said Agriculture, Food and Rural Development Minister Ron Kostyshyn.

Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC) will contact affected producers to arrange payment, or producers can also contact their local MASC office for information.

The diversion was operated to decrease water levels on the Assiniboine River and divert the flow around the city of Portage la Prairie.