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Expert says climate change may be driving floods

Climate data suggests weather patterns are changing and flooding on the Assiniboine River may become more frequent, says John Pomeroy, director of the University of Saskatchewan’s Centre for Hydrology. It’s not just the three consecutive years of heavy spring rains that concern the professor, who is also a Canada research chair in water resources and

Floods drain Assiniboine farmers

Judging from the view of water covering a broad, green meadow of seeded cropland on both sides of the Assiniboine River here, the flood of 2012 is already underway. Near the town of Shellmouth, a little farther downstream, tiny canola plants are poking up through the mud of a broad flood plain. In the lower


The 2011 flood battle is not over

It has been a year since the flood of 2011. At that time Manitobans were bombarded by flood news every day. Many felt that they personally knew the people impacted around Lake Manitoba, down the Assiniboine River, Lake Dauphin, Winnipegosis or the Shoal Lakes. There was a sense of solidarity with everyone in the province

Scenery, History And Horticulture

If you’re interested in short day trips, try one in western Manitoba, north of Russell – a trip filled with scenery, history and horticulture. The scenery is provided by the valleys of the Assiniboine and Shell rivers. For a beautiful view of the Assiniboine Valley, the 1,300-metre-long Shellmouth Dam and the 65-km-long Lake of the

Asessippi Provincial Park

With several of our provincial campgrounds closed this summer due to flooding, campers and boaters may want to check out some new locations. One provincial park in western Manitoba is Asessippi Provincial Park located north of Russell. Asessippi Park isn’t a large park – just 23 square kilometres – but there’s plenty to do for


Water Woes Upstream Go Further Back

Apromise by Premier Greg Selinger to swiftly and fully compensate victims of man-made flooding near Portage la Prairie has farmers and ranchers near the Shellmouth Dam asking why they haven’t received the same treatment. “I wish the guys at Hoop and Holler a hell of a lot of luck,” said Cliff Trinder, who has 650

Rivers To Crest This Week

Rural Manitobans remained on high alert this week as rising flood waters continued to spread across the province, forcing people from their homes, washing out roads and inundating farmland. With crests on the province’s two major rivers, the Red and Assiniboine, expected by early next week, flooding also remained general along most of the smaller

Flood Risk General Throughout Manitoba

Seldom in recent memory has Manitoba faced the possibility of a spring flood on so many fronts. The flood potential is high on most of the province’s major rivers and tributaries, Manitoba Water Stewardship warns. The main concern is the Red River, where officials expect a flood slightly above 2009 levels with favourable weather. Unfavourable


Municipalities Voice Concerns Over Shellmouth Dam Project

A provincial government plan to raise water levels on the Shellmouth Dam has drawn fire from neighbouring municipalities. Seven municipalities are demanding the Clean Envi ronment Commission investigate the proposal before it is allowed to go ahead. They say the project, if implemented, will cause extensive erosion, damage cottage developments and hurt local tourism. The

Compensation Plan Finalized

Landowners in the Assiniboine Valley affected by artificial flooding caused by operation of the Shellmouth Dam will be entitled to compensation under legislation and regulations announced Feb. 25 by Water Stewardship Minister Christine Melnick. “This legislation will provide fair compensation to landowners in the Assiniboine Valley if they are affected by artificial flooding caused by