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The Alameda reservoir in southeastern Saskatchewan, one of three water control structures in the Souris River system that some communities downstream say could do more in terms of flood mitigation.

Souris river: feast or famine

Evaluation of Souris River’s flow data has begun evaluation in earnest, but the sheer number of scenarios promises enough data to drown in, and not everyone agrees on priorities

Lynn R. Kongslie is used to watching his ranch near Towner, North Dakota, go under water, but that doesn’t lessen the sting each time it does. Like many ranchers in the area, Kongslie believes he knows who to blame. Saskatchewan’s three major control structures along the Souris River are sore topics in Towner, Minot and

The Manitoba government is expected to open the Portage Diversion this spring to control flows on the Assiniboine River.

Manitoba March flood outlook

Red River Valley prepares as flooding expected to reach 2009 levels, closing ring dikes and PTH 75: Schuler

The province’s Hydrologic Forecast Centre (HFC) forecasts a flood in the Red River Valley at or marginally above 2009 levels with normal to unfavorable weather, Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler said today. There also remains a moderate risk of flooding along the Assiniboine River. “Manitoba Infrastructure continues to make preparations for high water and is working


Manitoba’s Pelly Lake water-control project is cited as one example of how natural features can control flooding more cheaply than engineered structures.

‘Natural infrastructure’ — retain what you have; restore what’s lost

A new report says natural infrastructure can be cheaper than built infrastructure for controlling floods

Saving and carefully managing of wetlands, forests and other working natural landscapes can save Canadians millions in yearly flood damage costs, says a new report supported in part by the Insurance Bureau of Canada. This ‘natural infrastructure’ is also a viable and cost-effective alternative to traditional — and often much more expensive — built flood

DIVIDED OVER WATER: Outlet channels spark controversy

DIVIDED OVER WATER: Outlet channels spark controversy

Farmers on the south end of Lake Manitoba support the proposed channels to save their land from flooding, but the projects will slice through the farms of dozens of north-shore farmers who worry they won’t be adequately compensated

A recent $540-million funding pledge is pushing forward the Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin outlet channels and reaction from farmers depends on where they are along the shoreline. For those whose anxieties rise with the water levels every time the Assiniboine River floods, the new momentum is welcome news. Farmers along Lake Manitoba’s south

Editorial: Less water, more grass

A few hundred thousand here, a few million there. Manitoba’s PC government is rightly or wrongly getting plenty of attention for its trimming of the health-care and education systems. But it’s time for this government to start saving some real money. The Red River Basin Commission recently held meetings to mark the 20th anniversary of the


A washed-out road closes Provincial Road 346 south of Highway 2 April 4.

Waters rise in the west as Red River subsides

Attention turned back to southwestern Manitoba as the Souris and 
Assiniboine rivers were expected to crest simultaneously

Flooding was on the decline in parts of Manitoba late last week, but the Assiniboine River was on the rise. Simultaneous peaks of the Souris and Assiniboine rivers raised concern downstream. Flow into the Portage Reservoir was expected to reach 41,000 to 44,000 cubic feet per second April 12-14. The region between Portage la Prairie

Assiniboine River flows continue to rise, rain forecast could raise flood risk

Manitoba Flood Bulletin No. 15

Province of Manitoba – Manitoba Infrastructure’s Hydrologic Forecast Centre reports overland flooding and tributary flows continue to subside across parts of southern Manitoba. Flows in the Assiniboine River are continuing to rise. Weather forecasts are predicting strong winds for April 13 to 16, as a low-pressure system begins to move from west to east across

Overland flooding, waterway flows beginning to subside

Manitoba Flood Bulletin No. 9

Province of Manitoba – Manitoba Infrastructure’s Hydrologic Forecast Centre reports overland flooding and tributary flows have started to subside across parts of southern Manitoba. Flows on waterways across the province are continuing to react to the run-off from the melt and water levels remain high on many waterways. Ice has moved out on some rivers


More than 100 volunteers came out to fill sandbags near Carman as flood waters rose April 2. Although the town is protected by a diversion, ice jams caused the Boyne River to spill its banks.

Ice-clogged culverts, ditches and tributaries latest flood headaches

Plugged drainage outlets have led to overland flooding, even if most major rivers have yet to spill their banks

Multiple municipalities are fighting overland flooding, even as flood outlooks in many areas have decreased from initial projections. The problem is widespread, with five states of local emergency declared. Swan River declared an emergency when ice jamming caused the river to rise, threatening the town. The municipalities of Dufferin, Grey, La Broquerie and Two Borders

Three options on the table for flooded farmland

A study commissioned by the province and released this past January identified three main possible solutions to flooded farmland down stream from the dam. “One was the addition of the spillway gates, buying out lower-laying agricultural lands that are subject to frequent flooding and they also looked at constructing linear dikes down the river,” MIT’s