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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.

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Province Considering Activating Red River Floodway

Province Considering Activating Red River Floodway

Red River Floodway
The Red River Floodway gates as shown on Friday, March 31, 2017. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

WINNIPEG — Activating the Red River Floodway usually happens in the spring, but the province is warning it may have to operate it beginning Wednesday evening.

Southern Manitoba has been hit recently with an abundance of unseasonal precipitation, paired with more rain and snow in the forecast for this weekend.

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Manitoba Government Considers Selling Its Flood-Fighting Ice-Breaking Machines

Manitoba Government Considers Selling Its Flood-Fighting Ice-Breaking Machines

By The Canadian Press

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An Amphibex icebreaker operates on the Red River north of Selkirk on Tuesday, February 17, 2015. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government is considering selling off its Amphibex ice-breaking machines that help prevent ice jams and floods on the Red River north of Winnipeg.

The province owns three of the machines and has them run by a corporation set up by three municipalities, under a contract that costs more than $1 million a year.

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Winnipeg Streets Flooded After Severe Thunderstorms

Winnipeg Streets Flooded After Severe Thunderstorms

Winnipeg Flooded Street
A truck drives down a submerged Chevrier Boulevard, causing waves to overtake the hood of a stalled car on Friday. (CHRISD.CA)

Winnipeg streets were waterlogged Friday after a torrential downpour paired with thunder and lightning.

The deluge caused many streets to remain unpassable and forced motorists to try their luck at making it through in their vehicles.

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Who Should Bear the Financial Risk of Flooding? Report Lays Out Three Options

Who Should Bear the Financial Risk of Flooding? Report Lays Out Three Options

By The Canadian Press

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Water rushes through the Carillon Hydro electric dam Thursday, April 25, 2019 in Carillon, Quebec. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz)

OTTAWA — A new report co-authored by the government and the insurance industry says Canada can do a better job of protecting homeowners from the escalating financial risks of flooding.

The report, produced by a national working group co-chaired by the Insurance Bureau of Canada and Public Safety Canada, says the worsening threat means the country has to change how it covers the resulting cost of such disasters.

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Red River Floodway Opens; Fewer Houses Need to Be Sandbagged: City

Red River Floodway Opens; Fewer Houses Need to Be Sandbagged: City

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The Red River Floodway gates were raised on Friday, March 31, 2017. (CHRISD.CA)

The City of Winnipeg says fewer homes along the Red River need to be sandbagged after the Red River Floodway was opened Friday.

The gates to the floodway went up at about 10:15 a.m. The river is currently expected to peak between 18.6 to 20.8 feet James Avenue datum.

“City engineers have determined that the number of properties needing sandbag dikes has decreased from 50 to 25,” reads a statement from the City. “The number of sandbags has been reduced accordingly from 75,000 to 20,000. The City currently has enough sandbags made to address the needs of at-risk properties, but will continue making sandbags until the end of today as a precaution.”

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