Flood Watch 2019

April 14, 2019

Floodway operations begin at 12 noon.  The initial operation is only a preparatory operation, the full operation of the floodway will start Monday, April 15 in the evening.  This should have the floodway waters to St. Clements by April 22.  The operation will be gradual so there will not be a large surge of water coming to us.

April 13, 2019

  • Friday, April 12 we had some ice jamming at the end of Peltz Dyke. These jams caused the water to rise about 3 feet overnight.  As of 1pm this afternoon the jam had let go and water was flowing again at a rapid pace.
  • Public Works was out with the drone this morning checking the ice jams and were able to get a great view of the jam itself and how long the jam was.
  • RCMP and EMO are also in the area with drones and have been able to get the same views as we did.
  • St.Andrews is experiencing some back flow through Wavey creek and have quite a few home that may be impacted by waters.  In order to get a better view of the ice jam the RCMP May be launching a jet boat into the river.  The East Selkirk Fire Department (ESFD) chief does not advise them to go out as ESFD would not be able to rescue with ice still floating in the river.  EMO and the RCMP have both been informed of this.
  • St. Andrews has borrowed the Emergency Response trailer from St. Clement’s as they had deployed a large number of Tiger tubes that failed.

April 10, 2019

Red River near Bunn's Creek on April 9, 2019
Red River near Bunn’s Road on April 10, 2019
  • Flood protection efforts are well underway in St.Clements.  We have been closely monitoring the waters and the ice as it begins to break up.
  • Water has begun to spill the banks at the Selkirk Bridge and the bridge at PR 204 will likely close closed within the next day or two.
  • A weather system is expected to move through in the next few days and there is a potential for a great deal of precipitation.  This could change the water levels by at least a foot.  There will be a new flood outlook release reflecting the possible water level changes.
  • Snowfall from the winter storm in the USA portion of the Red River basin is expected to increase the peak by a moderate amount on the Manitoba portion of the Red River and will shift the timing of the peak to a later date.
  • Water levels on the main stem of the Red River in Manitoba continue to rise. The Red River at Emerson rose 2.5 feet in the last 24 hours and is expected to rise above bank’s full capacity today.
  • The Red River Floodway is forecast to begin operations over the weekend but may be delayed until ice is flowing freely at the Floodway control structure. Rising water levels at the Floodway Inlet may result in some water spilling naturally into the Floodway Channel prior to operation.

April 8, 2019

Bunns Creek drainage spring 2019
Bunn Creek’s drainage near Henderson Hwy
  • Dunning Crossing on the floodway is closed until further notice due to flooding
  • The Red River is open up to around Mowatt Road. The RM is closely watching for ice jams which generally happen near the ess curves by the Selkirk Golf Course, at the Selkirk Bridge, and at Sugar Island just north of Selkirk.
    • The municipality has few concerns with river flooding as they have fixed all the trouble areas by building dykes and removing homes in the worst areas for flooding.
  • The Red River and Cook’s Creek are rising

April 1, 2019

  • Because of the slow melt, risk of major overland flooding in RM of St. Clements is over
  • Public Works is carefully monitoring known trouble-spots and has had to thaw about six frozen culverts that were blocking water flow
  • Public Works is preparing for possible ice jams in the Red River
  • Ice on the Red River is breaking near Lockport
  • The river is expected to crest between April 12 and 14

March 27, 2019

Provincial Flood Forecast Press Release

Provincial updated flood material will be available as forecasts further develop.  Updated flood info can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/mit/floodinfo/index.html. More information about flooding and how to prepare for an emergency situation is available at www.gov.mb.ca/flooding.

Red River Valley Prepares as Flooding Expected to Reach 2009 Levels, Closing Ring Dikes and PTH 75: Schuler

The province’s Hydrologic Forecast Centre (HFC) forecasts a flood in the Red River Valley at or marginally above 2009 levels with normal to unfavourable weather, Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler said today.  There also remains a moderate risk of flooding along the Assiniboine River.

“Manitoba Infrastructure continues to make preparations for high water and is working with municipalities to ensure they have the information and support needed for a flood of this magnitude,” said Schuler.  “The Red River will once again carry a significant amount of water north, requiring the operation of the Red River Floodway and additional measures taken in partnership with local municipalities.”

In its second 2019 spring flood outlook, the HFC notes that with favourable weather, slightly less than 2009 flood levels on the Red River can be expected.  With the use of the floodway, water levels at James Avenue in Winnipeg could reach 20.5 feet with unfavourable weather.  At this time, the peak at Emerson is expected between April 12 and 23 depending on the rate of the snowmelt and water movement, along with temperatures on both sides of the border.  Flood water levels will still be influenced by the rate of snowmelt and future snow and rain accumulation.

Flooding on the Assiniboine and Souris rivers is expected to be moderate with low-lying areas and agricultural lands inundated, but levels will be below the top of community dikes.  The Portage Diversion will likely be operated.

“The provincial government is also working with federal officials to ensure the safety of Indigenous communities and preparing to support municipal evacuations if needed,” said Schuler.  “We are also working with the agricultural producers to ensure livestock is moved out of the impacted areas.”

Community ring dikes and the majority of individual flood protection works in the Red River Valley are at 1997 flood plus two feet (61 centimetres) levels.  Since the 1997 flood, $800 million in permanent flood-proofing measures have been put in place including $630 million of completed improvements and expansion on the Red River Floodway ‎and west dike enhancing.

The minister noted Manitoba Infrastructure is undertaking procurement related to flood preparation, response and recovery through transparent, competitive processes to ensure value for money.  These open tenders include the purchasing of sand bags, aggregate material, equipment and support for community dike closures if necessary, and engineering services for flood response advice.  Outline agreements and standing offers will be used in these situations to ensure that no procurement is undertaken unless and until required, he added