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Tales of the Flood
Special CoverageTales of the Flood
A look at the 2011 Manitoba flood
Lake Manitoba
TourLake Manitoba
Information Radio takes you to communities around the lake
Help Now
DonationsHelp Now
Flood Relief is collecting donations to help Manitoba families.
Red River Floodway
InteractiveRed River Floodway
Watch how the floodway protects Winnipeg
Flood Photos
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Share your images of the flood
Manitoba Flood Protection
InteractiveManitoba Flood Protection
Follow the flows of the Assiniboine and Red Rivers.
How to Keep Your Basement Dry
InteractiveHow to Keep Your Basement Dry
How a sump pump and backwater valve can protect your property
Flood Levels
InteractiveFlood Levels
At James Avenue, Winnipeg
Ice Jams
InteractiveIce Jams
What is an ice jam?

Flood Map

Major City State of Emergency Full Dike Closure Full Dike Closure Partial  Dike Closure Partial Dike Closure Caution Issued Caution Issued

Past Floods

Your Photos
Photo GalleryYour Photos
User submitted photos of the 2009 flood
Fargo Flood
Audio SlideshowFargo Flood
CBC reporters take you behind the scenes of their coverage
Aerial View of the Rising Red
Photo GalleryAerial Photos
View of the Rising Red
Manitobans Fight the Flood
Audio SlideshowFighting the Flood
Following the volunteers through their fight with the red river
Areas Flooded by the Red River
ImageAreas Flooded by the Red River
Comparing 1950, 1979, 1996 and 1997

Flood TImelines

1997
April 18
The water crested in Fargo; 35,000 people left homeless.
April 19
Water began to flood streets in Grand Forks.
April 20
The Red was out of its banks.
April 23
Evacuation of area between Emerson and Winnipeg began. By 8 p.m. the next day, 17,000 Manitobans had left their homes (in addition to the 3,200 already ordered out.)
April 24
The crest at Emerson came in at just under 792.5 feet. Expected crest was 795', and dikes built to 797 feet.
April 25
3000 armed forces personnel were in the province; the province put out a call for 4,500 more in case the Bunkild dike failed; at the height of the crisis, there were nearly 8,500 armed forces personnel in province fighting the flood
April 30
The Red was backing up into the Seine and Assiniboine, and water pushed through sandbags on Roslyn Road and Wellington Crescent.
2009
March 23
Dominion City was the first community in Manitoba to declare state of emergency; evacuation alerts handed out to 850 residents.
March 25
Ice jam caused RM's of St. Andrews, St. Clements, East and West St. Paul to declare states of emergency; 30 homes evacuated.
March 26
95 people evacuated from Roseau River First Nation.
March 28
River crested in Fargo at 40.82'; it was feared 30,000 could be left homeless.
March 31
State of emergency declared in Selkirk.
April 1
River crested at 49.34' in Grand Forks.
April 8
1 p.m., Winnipeg Floodway was opened after ice jams cleared.
April 10
Good Friday, residents of St. Andrews and St. Clements received evacuation notices.; homes were smashed and knocked off their basements and footings by 7' (2.1 meter) high sheets of ice.
April 12
Winnipeg was clear of ice blocks and ice jams
79 year old Mary Silverthorn and her husband Glenn died after their car was swept into the Woody River.
April 14
Prime Minister Harper toured flooded parts of the province.
April 15
Winnipeg declared a state of emergency.
April 16
The Red River crested in Winnipeg at 22.6'. Without the floodway, the city would have been submerged under 9.23 meters of water.
April 18
Rreported that 777 square kilometers of land in the province was under water, at some places 19 kms. wide.
April 27
CBC News reported that "the Manitoba flood has submerged twice as much land as previously thought; 1.680 square kilometers under water, with the crest still moving through southern parts of the province."
2011
April 8
State of emergency in the RM of St. Andrews…50 homes were evacuated in the Netley Creek area.
April 9
The province raised the gates on the Winnipeg floodway at 9 a.m.
April 10
The Red River crested at Fargo, reaching a peak of 38.75 feet, lower than had been anticipated.
First flood-related death reported. A Niverville man, 61 year old Raymond Stott, drowned when his car went under water on a flooded section of Alarie Road in the RM of DeSaliberry, about 50 kms south of Winnipeg.
City of Winnipeg calls for 900 sandbaggers to shore up dikes and protect homes within the city.
Premier Greg Selinger promised St. Andrews RM will have permanent flood protection in two years, and possibly as early as next spring. He said the local authorities will tell the government what kind of protection each location needs.
Second flood-related death reported. RCMP said a 35-year old man from Lac du Bonnet died after his vehicle wound up in a water-filled ditch.
April 12
State of emergency declared in Riverton as ice jams threatened a bridge at Provincial Road 329. Ice took out part of the walking bridge, a landmark in the town.
State of emergency declared at Peguis First Nation as the river rose about a metre in a few hours. Hundreds of homes are threatened, and water has reached the highway, the only access to Peguis.
April 13
Brandon declared a state of emergency because of rising water in a south end pond. The declaration allows civic workers onto the property to drain the pond into nearby bushland, away from any residential area.
April 14
Flood crests in Grand Forks at 49.67', making it the third worst flood in their history.
April 15
The Manitoba government promised to pump $1.5 million into flood fighting efforts at Peguis First Nation.
April 18
States of emergency declared in the Rural Municipalities of Headingley, St. Francis Xavier and Cartier because of ice jams on the Assiniboine River.
April 24
The remaining 600 residents of Roseau River First nation are expected to be evacuated today and tomorrow, as water continues to rise around the community, threatening to close off access to the community.
Emerson had its crest. Official measurements said it was a foot under 2009 levels.
April 27
Manitoba Water Stewardship announced that the flood peak will be lower than 2009 levels at all points along the Red.
April 29
The province says a winter snowstorm and high winds forcasted for the weekend could threaten Manitoba's flood defences. Winds gusting at 40-70 kph could cause ice pile-ups on some of the province's lakes, from Oak Lake and Pelican Lake near Brandon to Lake Winnipeg. The storm is also expected to delay the crest of the Red and Assiniboine till May 4.
May 1
A winter storm over the weekend dropped about 25 cm of snow in the Parklands region, with up to 50 cm in higher elevation areas. But despite high winds and earlier rain, community ring dikes throughout the Red River Valley held, with only minor erosion.
May 4
Both the Red River and the Assiniboine reached crest in Winnipeg. The Red topped out at 19.6' above James…that's down considerably from original predictions ranging from a low of 20-22 feet to a high of greater than '97 levels, which were at 24.5' above James.
4 First Nations communities on Lake Manitoba are threatened by high water…people are busy building emergency dikes and pumping water from fields and crawl spaces; they say the amount of water is unprecedented. 40 homes at the Pinaymootang First Nation are at risk of flooding. Officials warn it could get worse because of the Portage Diversion re-directing water from the flooding Assiniboine into Lake Manitoba.
May 6
Brandon and other centres along the Assiniboine received what the mayor of Brandon called “a nasty surprise. It was discovered that a faulty guage along the river system in Saskatchewan had inaccurately measured the level of water. The province now says the river will peak a foot higher than expected.
May 8
The city of Brandon declared a state of local emergency today, at an emergency meeting called this morning. The declaration allows the police to remove sightseers who are impeding flood-fighters' efforts to raise earth dikes as the Assiniboine continues to rise.
The federal government is deploying several hundred soldiers to Manitoba to help build and reinforce dikes along the Assiniboine, especially between Portage la Prairie and Headingly, over the next three days.
May 9
The province declared a state of emergency for all communities from Portage la Prairie east to Headingly
The province announced it plans to divert water from the Assiniboine into the LaSalle River watershed to avoid massive flooding that would cover 500 square kms of southern Manitoba. It says without intervention, the Assiniboine will spill its banks at a rate of 15,000 cubic feet per second, in a spill that would threaten a dozen communities. Even with a new diversion southeast of Portage, the spill is still expected to affect 150 homes and 225 sq kms of land
May 10
Provincial officials say flooding west of Winnipeg is unprecedented and worse than what covered southern Manitoba in the 1997 flood. The province has asked the federal government for another 300 soldiers to help protect properties south of the Red River, where it plans to do a controlled breach of the dike to release water from the swollen Assiniboine onto open land south of Portage. About 150 properties are at risk of being flooded as a result of the breach.
To prevent a potentially disastrous uncontrolled breach of the dike, officials will cut a 65 metre hole in the road (at a point known as the "Hoop and Holler Bend") to allow the Assiniboine to spill into the Elm River and from there into the LaSalle.
The provincial government announced it will establish a special relief program for families and farms hit by flooding
The provincial agriculture minister declared a livestock state of emergency today, urging farmers to help one another out in getting livestock from flooded or about-to-be flooded areas to higher ground. Stan Struthers says his department will identify Crown lands that can be used for agricultural purposes…to house livestock and store machinery…until the crisis is over.
May 11
The province announced that a number of campgrounds, including Lundar Beach, St. Ambroise and Watchorn parks along the shores of Lake Manitoba will be closed for the season, due to flooding.  And Kiche Manitou lower campground in Spruce Woods Provincial park will be closed until July 28.
Communities west of Winnipeg continue to work feverishly to protect themselves from flooding due to a controlled breach of the dike on the Assiniboine river east of Portage, planned for 8 a.m. tomorrow. The Starlite Hutterite colony on the LaSalle river is busy building dikes and preparing for possible evacuation, as are more than 100 homes in the path of flood water that will be released.
Brandon mayor says "stay away"…warns people not to visit the city which is under a state of emergency.
Assiniboine highest in Brandon since 1882.
May 12
After a day of frantic sandbagging in the RM of Portage and communities all along the Assiniboine to Headingly, in preparation for the province's "controlled breach" of the dike near Portage, Emergency Measures minister Steve Ashton announced that the breach will not happen till early Saturday, and will release a much lower volume of water than earlier planned.
May 13
Hundreds of soldiers continue to work at strengthening weak spots in a dike along the Assiniboine, on either side of PR 430. The highway has been blocked off to form two landing zones for half a dozen helicopters that are continuously unloading sandbags. The base of the dikes is clay and water is seeping underneath. The province plans to add a third landing pad today to allow more helicopters to land close to the dike because the ground is too wet for vehicles to drive on.
Lake Manitoba has risen by 2-3 feet, flooding thousands of acres of farm and pasture land, and threatening communities around the lake, including Steep Rock, 200 cottage owners at Delta Beach and several First Nation communities. Farmers in the area say they've been told up to 10,000 cattle will have to be moved as far away as Saskatchewan and Alberta.
About 700 City of Winnipeg employees have been reassigned to making sandbags…city expects to have made 2 million by the weekend.
May 14
At 7 a.m. the province cut a hole in the dike at Hoop & Holler Bend near Portage la Prairie to release some of the pressure on the swollen Assiniboine and the Portage Diversion. Provincial officials say the flow through the opening will be controlled to about 500 cubic feet per second to begin with. Homeowners in the path of the oncoming water continue to work to protect their homes.
May 15
So far, so good. The water flowing through the hole in the dike at Hoop & Holler bend is flowing slowly, at a pace equal to a person walking beside it. No homes flooded. Water from the "controlled breach" now expected to affect 180 sq. kms. instead of the 225 originally predicted. The province requested 100 more soldiers to help protect homes in the flood zone. As of today, 1500 soldiers are involved in the flood fight.
Premier Greg Selinger expects cost of this year's flood to be around 200 million dollars.
May 16
Assiniboine expected to crest in Brandon today. Officials say they're ready.
The province is moving a team of workers to Twin Lakes beaches in the Interlake where cottages are threatened by water from Lake Manitoba. The lake has risen by 2 or 3 feet in recent weeks, and high winds are expected today.
Highway 75 re-opened late this afternoon after being closed due to flooding since April 18.
May 17
Cottage owners at Delta Beach and Twin Lakes beaches brace for flooding and prepare to evacuate as water from the record-high Assiniboine continues to raise Lake Manitoba to dangerous levels.
May 19
Emergency Measures minister Steve Ashton says a leak in the west bank of the Portage Diversion was plugged today, reducing fears of a serious breach.
May 20
The province closed the "controlled breach" at Hoop and Holler Bend near Portage la Prairie today. Water had only been flowing through it at a rate of 400 cubic fee per second, and has only covered about 3.5 sq. kms. of land. Provincial officials say the breach could be activated again if needed.
May 23
Flooding took a turn for the worse at Delta Beach today as strong winds caused high water to flood a number of cottages. A bridge on the east side is threatened. One cottage owner was quoted as saying "the flood is over everywhere else, but here it's just started."
Dikes are holding, but voluntary evacuation orders were issued today for 30 homes at Delta Beach.
May 25
About 1400 people and 40 business owners continue to be under evacuation orders in Brandon, as water from the swollen Assiniboine River is getting into the area's sewer system through a damaged sewer cover that is underwater. If the sewer pump station fails, the water would flow through the sewers into the basements of 500 homes in the flood prone area of the city.
May 31
Hundreds of residents from communities along Lake Manitoba, including St. Laurent, Woodlands and Delta Beach, were ordered to evacuate today, as winds up to 90 kph created waves on the already record high Assiniboine that lashed the shoreline, threatening homes and cottages.

Flood Facts

  • -The 1950 flood forced 100,000 Winnipeggers out of their homes, flooded 10,500 homes, damage over $100 million.
  • -When the crest hit Emerson in 1997, the Red River was the biggest river in N. America.
  • -The military response to the 1997 flood in Manitoba has been called the biggest peacetime military operation Canada has ever mounted.
  • -Altogether the city filled 6.5 million sandbags in 1997…since the city owned a sand pit near Bird's Hill, it saved taxpayers about $11 million.
  • -The drop in elevation from Brunkild to Winnipeg is 25 feet, about the same as from Emerson to Winnipeg, but in a much shorter distance.
  • -At one point in 1997, the speed of the water south of the floodway was clocked at 25-30 k/hr.
  • -In '97 about 3000 civic workers were redeployed from normal duties to fight flood
  • --The 1950 flood reached a high of 30 ft (9.2 m) at Winnipeg. causing the largest evacuation in Canada's history of 100,000 people and $606 million CAD (1997) of damage
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