Manitoba releases 2014 flood outlook
Monday, March 31, 2014, 3:51 PM -
Officials predict the potential for flooding will be 'near normal' across Manitoba, with the exception of The Pas region, where above-normal soil moisture and winter precipitation have raised the potential for localized flooding.
Despite the relatively low flood risk covering much of the province, officials aren't taking any chances.
The province began its flood preparations earlier this year and officials have amassed an arsenal of flood-fighting equipment, including:
- Two million sandbags
- Six sandbag making machines
- 17,000 super sandbags
- 50 km of water-filled barriers
- 34 mobile pumps
In addition, the Amphibex fleet has already broken up a 28 km, 100-metre wide channel down the middle of the Red River, through Selkirk.
"Long term weather forecasts are subject to change and late snowstorms or heavy rain could change the current outlook," the report warns.
In the meantime, forecasters are predicting near normal temperatures and precipitation for much of the province between March and May.