Red River crests in lower predicted range

Water levels were dropping as of April 22, and PTH 75 remained open

Water levels are dropping along the Red River, but the river is expected to be outside its banks into May, according to provincial reports.

As of April 22, the Red River had crested at all points from Emerson to the floodway and was expected to crest shortly in Winnipeg.

“This is good news,” said Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler in a news release April 21. “The substantial run-off we’re seeing throughout the Red River Basin will remain at the lower end of the forecast, with levels similar to those we saw in 2006 at Emerson and Letellier and levels closer to 2019 north from St. Jean Baptiste.”

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Schuler said cooler temperatures slowed snowmelt and helped control high water.

Flooding forced at least six evacuations in the RM of Montcalm, which stretches from Morris to the U.S. border, and closed some roads in the area. However, Provincial Trunk Highway 75, which is a major trucking route, remained open. The province said it will not be closed, according to an April 22 report.

The report says provincial crews worked in several communities along the river, including Emerson, Letellier, St. Jean Baptiste and St. Adolph, to close or prepare to close ring dikes.

This year’s flood on the Red River is the seventh-highest recorded peak flow since 1913, according to one provincial report.

The Assiniboine River is forecasted to remain mostly in bank and was expected to crest in Winnipeg by April 23, according to a provincial news release. The Portage Diversion stopped operating April 21.

Lake Winnipeg was at about 715 feet and Lake Manitoba was at 811 feet, both considered within operating levels.

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Geralyn Wichers grew up on a hobby farm near Anola, Manitoba, where her family raised cattle, pigs and chickens. Geralyn graduated from Red River College’s Creative Communications program in 2019 and was previously a reporter for The Carillon in Steinbach. Geralyn is also a published author of science fiction and fantasy novels.

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