April 19, 2013
PROVINCE ADVISES FLOOD PREPARATIONS UNDERWAY FOR RED RIVER VALLEY
Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation advises that preparations for potential spring flooding are underway across the province. In the Red River Valley, the Manitoba government is working with rural municipalities south of Winnipeg to ensure they are prepared for flood levels higher than those seen in 2009. The flood risk on the Red River is approaching the unfavourable weather scenario in the provincial outlook, which could result in major flooding from Emerson to Winnipeg of half a foot to one ft. higher than seen in 2009.
Southern Manitoba has extensive flood-control measures in place, which have prevented property damage and reduced the potential impact of flooding on families and communities. Since the 1997 flood, more than $1 billion has been invested in flood mitigation efforts in Manitoba. This investment has prevented more than $7 billion in damages throughout the province.
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