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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.

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Winnipeg’s Skating Trail Breaks Records Before Closing for the Season

Winnipeg’s Skating Trail Breaks Records Before Closing for the Season

Red River Mutual Trail
The ribbon is cut to officially open the Red River Mutual Trail at The Forks on Tuesday, January 23, 2018. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

WINNIPEG — The Red River Mutual Trail at The Forks closed for the season over the weekend, but not before setting two new records.

The Forks said on Facebook that the trail was open for a record 72 days. This season also saw the trail span a record 10 kilometres in length.

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Manitoba’s Flood Risk Low, But All Eyes on Future Weather

Manitoba’s Flood Risk Low, But All Eyes on Future Weather

Westbourne Flooding
A water-logged ditch and culverts on Highway 16 just west of Westbourne, Manitoba on Sunday, April 2, 2017. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

WINNIPEG — The lack of snowpack in Manitoba this winter is turning out to be positive news on the flood front.

The province on Friday released its first spring flood outlook for the season, highlighting there’s little to worry about once what little snow we do have begins to melt.

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Emergency Officials Warn to Stay Off Waterways as Temperatures Drop

Emergency Officials Warn to Stay Off Waterways as Temperatures Drop

Red River Thin Ice
Exposed water on the Red River across from St. Boniface on Tuesday, November 21, 2017. (CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — Emergency officials are warning the public to be cautious of thin ice and to stay off waterways.

Polic, firefighters and paramedics say as temperatures drop, ice surfaces are thin and fragile. Falling into ice-cold water can turn deadly in a matter of minutes.

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Manitoba Receives Nearly $800K for Flood Mitigation

Manitoba Receives Nearly $800K for Flood Mitigation

Westbourne Flooding
A water-logged ditch and culverts on Highway 16 just west of Westbourne, Manitoba on Sunday, April 2, 2017. (CHRISD.CA FILE)
Ron Schuler
Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler appears at a flood mitigation news conference at The Forks on Thursday, October 12, 2017. (GOVERNMENT OF MANITOBA)

WINNIPEG — Improved flood mapping will give forecasters in Manitoba a better sense of a potential threat when water levels rise each spring.

The federal government is investing $794,520 to add vital flood information to Manitoba’s flood mapping inventory in three of its priority watersheds in the Assiniboine River and Lake Manitoba.

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Assiniboine River Crests in Portage la Prairie

Assiniboine River Crests in Portage la Prairie

Portage Spillway
The Portage Spillway, as seen on Sunday, April 2, 2017. (CHRISD.CA FILE)
Flood Update
Lee Spencer, assistant deputy minister of Emergency Measures Organization, and Doug McMahon, assistant deputy minister of water management, provide an update on Manitoba’s flood situation, Friday, April 13, 2017. (CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — The Assiniboine River crested at Portage la Prairie on Friday.

Manitoba Infrastructure’s Hydrologic Forecast Centre reports flows at an estimated 38,600 cfs. Crews at the Portage Diversion have completed preparations for emergency flows above 25,000 cfs.

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