Flood risk stays 'near normal' in most parts of Manitoba
Officials say no need for Red River Floodway this spring
With all the snow that's dumped on Manitoba this winter, you may have expected another spring of sandbagging. But the Manitoba government's latest flood outlook is calling for a "near-normal" spring flooding potential in most parts of the province.
Soil moisture and snowfall levels are near-normal in most parts of the province, meaning spring run-off levels should be about normal as well, the provincial government announced in its second flood outlook of the year on Monday.
Most of the areas that have above-normal soil moisture levels have had normal or below-normal precipitation amounts, officials added.
The forecast predicts the Red River Floodway - the giant ditch that diverts water from the Red River around Winnipeg - will not be needed.
But in and around The Pas, above-normal soil moisture and snowfall amounts may add up to a higher possibility of localized flooding due to a greater than normal spring runoff.
Flood protection measures in the area should be adequate for the levels being projected, according to the province.
The flood threat in major watersheds across the province has remained unchanged from the first outlook or decreased.
Environment Canada is calling for near-normal temperatures through May, except in the southeast part of the province, which is expected to see below-normal temperatures.
While parts of southern and southeast Manitoba could see 10 to 20 centimetres of snow on Monday — a situation the provincial Hydrologic Forecast Centre is monitoring — officials say precipitation amounts should be near-normal across the province.