Despite Heavy Snowfall, Red River is Not Expected to Flood in Manitoba

Despite Heavy Snowfall, Red River is Not Expected to Flood in Manitoba

By The Canadian Press

Red River Floodway
The Red River Floodway gates south of Winnipeg are shown on Friday, October 11, 2019. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

WINNIPEG — Despite the big snowstorm that hit southern Manitoba last week, the Red River and its tributaries are not expected to flood over their banks in the coming days.

The Manitoba government says the Red is expected to peak between Oct. 20 and 23 as snow melts and the runoff enters streams and rivers.

The forecast is helping, with little precipitation expected in the coming week.

The province’s flood forecaster, Fisaha Unduche, says areas in southern Manitoba and the Interlake region received between 50 and 100 millimetres of rain and snow from the storm last week.

He says the runoff and rising rivers are not expected to impact any communities or force any road closures.

Winnipeg is being protected by the Red River Floodway, which diverts water around the city and is being operated for the first time ever in the fall.

CP - The Canadian Press



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