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December 5, 2014

MANITOBANS INVITED TO SHARE VIEWS AT SECOND SERIES OF OPEN HOUSES ON ASSINIBOINE RIVER, LAKE MANITOBA BASINS FLOOD MITIGATION STUDY



Manitobans will have a second chance to share their views at a series of open house meetings on enhanced flood mitigation for the Assiniboine River and Lake Manitoba basins, Infrastructure and Transportation Minister Steve Ashton announced today.

“The open house sessions will give Manitobans the opportunity to learn about and provide input on flood protection options that have been studied for reducing the flood risk,” said Minister Ashton.  “We are studying the Assiniboine River and Lake Manitoba watersheds to better understand the options for providing greater protection from flooding risks.”

The second series of open houses will be held at the following locations:

  • Dauphin – Monday, Dec. 8 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Lion’s Den at the Dauphin Parkland Recreation Complex, 200 First St., SE.;
  • Brandon – Tuesday, Dec. 9 from 5 to 8 p.m. in Salon A at the Keystone Centre, One – 1175 18th St.; and
  • Portage la Prairie – Wednesday, Dec. 10 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Crocus Room in at Herman Prior Centre, 40 Royal Rd. N.

“We look forward to discussion that helps shape flood protection for communities,” said Minister Ashton.  “The recommendations that come out of this study will likely be substantial and will cost hundreds of millions of dollars, but undertaking such works will represent a wise investment that will save many more millions of dollars in damage like the Red River Floodway does for Winnipeg.”

A final consultant’s report on Assiniboine River and Lake Manitoba Basins flood damage reduction options will be presented to government early in the new year, the minister added.

More information is available at www.gov.mb.ca/mit/floodinfo/floodproofing/reports/index.html.

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