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May 21, 2020

PROVINCE CONCLUDES SPRING 2020 OPERATION OF RED RIVER FLOODWAY

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Provincial Investments and Preparedness Helped Alleviate High-Water Concerns this Spring: Schuler

The province has ended the spring 2020 operation of the Red River Floodway as water levels along the Red River continue to recede to normal levels, Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler announced today.

“Manitoba Infrastructure was prepared and had plans in place to deal with high-water activity this spring,” said Schuler. “Our government has made major investments into flood mitigation measures over the past four years, and we will continue to work with municipalities to enhance high-water protection in the future.”

On April 8, the province advised the Red River Floodway would be activated to manage water levels within the city of Winnipeg. The floodway operated for a total of 28 days this spring. The gates have now been lowered to their storage position.

Five communities in southern Manitoba either were affected by dike closures or ramped closures because of high-water activity this spring. All communities were able to maintain continued access. Dike closures occurred at the following locations:
•    Noyse and West Lynne dikes in Emerson;
•    east side of Letellier at Provincial Road (PR) 201; and
•    east side of St. Jean Baptiste.

Ramped dike closures occurred at the following locations:
•    Provincial Trunk Highway (PTH) 75 on the north side of Morris; and
•    PR 200 on the north side of St. Adolphe.

Manitoba Infrastructure also reports the Red River water level in Winnipeg was at 8.7 feet at James Avenue as of May 21 and will continue to drop. The Red River is currently within its banks at all locations from Emerson to Lake Winnipeg.

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