Dry soil and low river and lake levels will help — but a quick melt and more precipitation are the big worries nowThe provincial government says flooding shouldn’t be as bad as in 2011, but in many areas it may come down to the effectiveness of its ice-breaking efforts. “We could be into a very rapid melt during which that American water, or water in our tributaries, could meet up against solid ice,” said Steve Topping, director
The province is preparing for spring flooding, as heavy helpings of snow and a late melt buoy the likelihood of high waterRecent snowfall has increased the risk of flooding in Manitoba this spring, according to government officials. Although the widespread and prolonged flooding of 2011 isn’t expected at this time, the province is preparing to close community ring dikes in the Red River Valley and expects Highway 75 to be closed for a period of weeks.
April showers could bring more than May flowers in Manitoba this spring, as a heavy snowpack elevates the potential risk of spring flooding in some areasManitoba’s flood forecasters say there is a risk of minor to moderate flooding in some areas of the province this spring, including along the Red River, the Souris and Assiniboine rivers, as well as in the Interlake region. Although the actual 2013 flood forecast is still some weeks away, Manitoba’s minister of infrastructure and transportation
A higher, denser snowpack doesn’t guarantee spring flooding, but throw in some rain, or a quick melt, and there could be troubleA higher snowpack across the central Prairies and northern United States will likely result in above-normal run-off this spring, but experts say flooding is not inevitable. “The spring run-off is impacted by a variety of factors like moisture conditions in the fall, snow accumulation in the winter, as well as the rate of melt and