Manitoba’s Flood Risk Still Low, Floodway Could Begin Operating Next Week

Manitoba’s Flood Risk Still Low, Floodway Could Begin Operating Next Week

Red River Floodway
The Red River Floodway gates south of Winnipeg are expected to be raised by early next week. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

WINNIPEG — Manitoba’s overall flood risk remains low this season, but the province is warning there’s a moderate chance of overland flooding in low-lying areas along the Red and Assiniboine rivers.

In its latest flood update, the Hydrologic Forecast Centre says ice is expected to break up and start moving this week. The province also expects to begin operating the Red River Floodway by early next week.

Highway 75 south of Winnipeg is expected to remain open during the run-off period.

The Red River will reach its peak in Winnipeg in the first week of May — about 48 hours after it hits Ste. Agathe between April 27 and May 2. River levels are said to be between approximately 50,000 and 60,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) when that happens. The peak water level at James Avenue in Winnipeg is expected to be approximately 19.0 ft. — nearly similar to last year’s levels.

The province also says the Portage Diversion could go into operation the week of April 23 for ice control along the lower Assiniboine River.

— Staff

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