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Flood Season Underway in Manitoba

April 14, 2014 8:15 AM | News

Portage Diversion

Head of the Portage Diversion (PROVINCE OF MANITOBA)

The province opened the Portage Diversion over the weekend to manage ice on the lower Assiniboine River.

In its third flood bulletin of the season, it’s the first time this year the Diversion is being operated, with channel flows reaching 2,500 cubic feet per second (cfs).

A high water advisory continues for the Assiniboine River, from St-Lazare to Portage la Prairie due to the continuing ice jamming and also the potential for ice jams and associated flooding.

The ice jam remains on the Assiniboine River in the vicinity of the Spruce Woods Provincial Park, the province said.

Water has risen approximately seven feet since the jam formed and forced the closure of a section of Highway 5. At this time, there is no impact other than the road closure.

Flood officials say they are continuing to monitor the situation and will provide further updates.

— Staff