- When officials provided an update on Manitoba’s flood situation Thursday afternoon, they stated that more rain is expected this weekend.
- There is no significant precipitation forecast for the next two weeks, so rivers and tributaries should be able to recede.
- Officials believe that this must allow communities to keep portions of their dikes open in order to maintain road access to the outside world.
When officials updated Manitoba’s flood situation Thursday afternoon, they said more precipitation is predicted this weekend, but it’s unlikely to affect flood conditions.
Johanu Botha, the head of the province’s emergency management organization, was merged on the south grounds of the Manitoba Legislative Building by Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Doyle Piwniuk and flood forecaster Fisaha Unduche.
On Saturday, the forecast calls for five to ten millimeters of rain, which will not worsen the situation.
According to the province’s top flood forecaster, the Fisher River, which has overflowed its banks and forced 1,400 people from the Peguis First Nation to flee their homes, is at or near its peak within its banks next week.
“It could move a few centimeters up or down… “It’ll be there for a few more days,” Unduche predicted.
“The recession will be very gradual.” As a result, it will take another 5 to 7 days to reach the banks.”
There is no significant precipitation forecast for the next two weeks, which should allow rivers and tributaries to recede. Some showers are expected on Sunday, but they are unlikely to impact. Unduche stated.
Mayor of the Rural Municipality of Ritchot, Chris Ewan, which covers a large area along the Red River south of Winnipeg, was pleased with the news.
The river has turned into a lake in many places, flooding farmland and roads. Dikes and diversion channels protect communities in the Red River Valley, but sandbagging efforts are being made to provide more safeguards to outlying properties.
“We’re dealing with an unsustainable quantity of water right now,” Ewan said.
The municipal government has served evacuation notices to 180 homes, with approximately one-third of the residents leaving.
In the region, more than 20 roads have been closed.
Further south, a section of the main highway connecting Winnipeg to the US border remained closed Thursday, forcing motorists to take a lengthy detour to the west.
The Red is expected to peak next week, though lower than predicted a week ago. According to officials, this must allow communities to keep parts of their dikes open to maintain road entry to the outside world.
Source: Global News
Get Canada and Manitoba’s top News, Market news, and other worldwide news only on Manitoba Daily.