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2019 Spring Flood Outlook

Posted: March 6, 2019

2019 Spring Flood Outlook

The East St. Paul Emergency Preparedness Committee is providing
the following information for the residents of East St. Paul regarding
the spring flood outlook.
On February 28th, 2019, the Province of Manitoba released its first flood outlook for 2019.

  • Unfortunately, the province indicated the risk of major flooding in the Red River valley is high.  In addition, the U.S. National Weather Service is forecasting a risk for major flooding on the Red River near the Canadian border.

  • Under normal weather conditions, levels of the Red River south of floodway are expected to be near 2011 conditions.

  • If there are unfavourable weather conditions (late season snow, spring rains and a rapid melt), conditions on the Red River will be near 2009 levels.

  • Flows on the Assiniboine and Souris Rivers are expected to be high but below peak flood protection levels.

  • The floodway will most likely be put into operation.

This past winter has seen colder than normal temperatures resulting in thicker ice conditions on the Red River.  In addition, due to the lack of snow cover at the start of winter, the frost level is deeper in the ground which prevents run off from being absorbed.
As residents may be aware, the municipality was successful in obtaining a substantial grant from the province to construct a permanent dike in the Highland Park area as well as remediation to the banks of Bottomley Creek.  This work was completed in 2017 and will assist the municipality in potential flood preparation work.

What you need to know
  • A flood committee has been established and will meet on a regular basis. The mandate will be to monitor flood reports provided by the Province, oversee flood preparation work and provide timely information to the residents of East St. Paul.

  • The municipality has a stock of sand bags and aqua dams ready to be used.  Work has started to increase the supply of sand bags.

  • Work will start immediately to open up the ditches along the roadways.

The flood committee receives all of the flood information required directly from the Province.  This is the sole source, most timely and accurate.
If you have any questions regarding the flood outlook or flood preparations, please contact the administration office, leave a message and someone will contact you.


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