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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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Construction to Start on Lake Manitoba Outlet Channel

Construction to Start on Lake Manitoba Outlet Channel

By Sarah Klein

Lake Manitoba
Lake Manitoba (FILE)

Construction on a $540 million outlet channel project on Lake Manitoba is about to begin.

The Manitoba government says the channel, meant to prevent future flooding, will protect the lives and livelihoods of residents of the Interlake and Lake Manitoba basin.

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Manitoba’s Flood Risk Remains Low This Spring

Manitoba’s Flood Risk Remains Low This Spring

Ron Schuler
Manitoba Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler and flood forecaster Fisaha Unduche provide the latest flood outlook, Friday, March 23, 2018. (CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — Despite a late winter snowstorm on March 5, Manitoba’s flood risk remains low to moderate for much of the province.

The second — and likely last — flood outlook of the season was released Friday, setting the stage for a relatively worry-free spring flood season.

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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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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.

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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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‘A Fresh Start:’ Deal Reached for 4,000 Manitoba First Nations Flood Evacuees

‘A Fresh Start:’ Deal Reached for 4,000 Manitoba First Nations Flood Evacuees

By The Canadian Press

Lake St. Martin
The Lake St. Martin emergency channel looking northeast towards Lake Winnipeg in this file photo. (HANDOUT)

WINNIPEG – About 4,000 members of Manitoba First Nations displaced by flooding six years ago are to share most of a $90-million settlement in a class-action lawsuit they filed against the provincial and federal governments.

Lawyer Sabrina Lombardi says payments could flow to the Lake St. Martin, Dauphin River, Little Saskatchewan and Pinaymootang First Nations as early as next spring if the deal is approved by a judge later this year.

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Mayor Says Churchill Can’t Wait Until Spring for Rail Service; Premier Mulls Aid

Mayor Says Churchill Can’t Wait Until Spring for Rail Service; Premier Mulls Aid

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

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The flooded-out Hudson Bay Railway is a lifeline for Churchill, Manitoba. (OMNITRAX / HANDOUT)

WINNIPEG – People in sub-arctic Churchill, Man., face the prospect of running out of heating fuel over the winter unless the region’s rail line is repaired and service is restored, Mayor Mike Spence said Wednesday.

Spence met with federal and provincial politicians in Winnipeg and tried to persuade them to help the rail line’s owner speed up plans to repair damage from extensive flooding this spring.

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Quebec Homeowners Face Potential Post-Flooding Woes: Mosquitoes, Critters, Parasites

Quebec Homeowners Face Potential Post-Flooding Woes: Mosquitoes, Critters, Parasites

By Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press

Quebec Flooding
A man makes his way through the flooded streets in Laval, Que., on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. Even as swollen rivers have receded in Quebec, some experts suggest historic flooding this year could mean critter and pest-related woes in months and years to come. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz)

MONTREAL – Even as swollen rivers have receded in Quebec, some experts suggest historic flooding this year could mean critter and pest-related woes in months and years to come.

For now, heavy water accumulation has created standing pools of water which could translate into fertile ground for mosquito populations this year.

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Six Years Later: New Houses Headed to Manitoba First Nation Forced Out by Flood

Six Years Later: New Houses Headed to Manitoba First Nation Forced Out by Flood

By The Canadian Press

Lake St. Martin Emergency Channel
Provincial crews open the Lake St. Martin emergency channel. (GOVERNMENT OF MANITOBA / FILE)

WINNIPEG – The first new houses are on the way for a Manitoba First Nations community devastated by flooding six years ago.

The Lake St. Martin reserve was hit hard in the spring of 2011 and almost 2,000 people had to leave their homes.

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