Manitoba’s Spring Flood Risk Remains Low: Province

Manitoba’s Spring Flood Risk Remains Low: Province

St. Francois Xavier Flooding
Caron Drive in St. Francois Xavier west of Winnipeg during a washout in April 2017. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

WINNIPEG — Manitoba’s spring flood risk remains low, but mostly depends on future weather events this winter.

The province says it will monitor any future heavy precipitation and adjust its flood forecast accordingly should a winter storm dump a large accumulation of snow.

A 2017 fall conditions reported released in early December indicated soil moisture levels before freeze-up were normal to drier than normal in most of Manitoba.

The province says current river ice assessments indicate above-normal thickness for this time of the year.

“This is a result of below-normal temperatures this winter and the lack of sufficient snow cover to insulate the river ice from the cold air temperatures,” a release said.

The first detailed flood outlook will be released in late February.

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