Flood officials in our province say they continue to prepare for flooding in the Red River Valley that is similar to 2009 between Emerson and the Red River Floodway.
Manitoba Transportation and Infrastructure's Hydrologic Forecast Centre continues to monitor flood activity as water levels on streams and tributaries in most of Manitoba may continue to be impacted by run-off from recent precipitation. Although water levels on smaller creeks and drains are beginning to stabilize, many larger rivers and streams are continuing to rise as water moves through the system.
Water levels are expected to remain high for an extended duration in many areas in southern and central Manitoba.
Overland flooding continues in the Interlake, Red River Valley and many other portions of central and southern Manitoba. Residents in these areas are advised to monitor local conditions and to take any necessary flood mitigation actions. Little to no precipitation is expected in southern and central Manitoba for the next four days.
Since April 1, southern and southeastern Manitoba and the United States portion of the Red River basin have received 120 to 160 millimetres (mm) of precipitation, which is between 400 to 600 per cent of normal amounts.
The Manitoba Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) continues to work with all local authorities and emergency management partners to provide guidance and support for response and recovery activities.
Several communities throughout the province continue to be impacted by high water levels. Reported impacts to date include loss of road access, flooded properties and damage to infrastructure. As a result of these impacts, seven municipal emergency operations centres have been activated and states of local emergency have been declared in the following 18 communities:
- Rural Municipality (RM) of Cartier;
- RM of Morris;
- RM of Ritchot;
- RM of Fisher;
- RM of Montcalm;
- City of Morden;
- Town of Winnipeg Beach;
- Municipality of Pembina;
- Town of Arborg;
- RM of Armstrong;
- RM of Dufferin;
- Municipality of Bifrost-Riverton;
- RM of Grey;
- RM of Headingley;
- RM of Thompson;
- RM of West Interlake;
- RM of St. Laurent; and
- RM of Grahamdale.
Manitoba EMO continues to work with Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) in supporting ISC-led response measures with First Nation communities.
Provincial Trunk Highway (PTH) 75 has been closed at the north end of Morris since April 29 with a detour in place to redirect PTH 75 traffic to Provincial Road (PR) 246. PTH 75 on the south side of Morris will also close Friday at 8 pm. A detour utilizing PTH 3 through Carman and south to Winkler and onto PTH 14 to return to PTH 75 will now be in effect. Additional detour information is available at www.manitoba511.ca or by calling 511.