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Significant Flooding Predicted in Southern Manitoba

February 22, 2010 12:36 PM | News

By Brian Schultz

Significant flooding is in southern Manitoba’s forecast this spring, the province said Monday. The grim news is part of the 2010 flood outlook and notes the Red River will average levels of about one to three feet lower than last year.

But don’t get worried too soon. Forecasters say it all depends on the weather and if we don’t get another wallop of snow between now and the spring, we could be in good shape. However, with unfavourable weather conditions, we could be looking at water levels a foot higher than last year on the Red River.

Flooding in low-lying areas is also likely, such as along the Souris River watershed.

The province has already began to cut ice on the Red River north of Winnipeg with the help of new equipment.

Submitted photo by Ernest Cucheron