Flooding forces Manitoba highway closures

Highways 204 and 212 were shut down due to the rising Red River levels and water on the road in the Interlake, according to Manitoba 511.

Sections of Hwy 204 and Hwy 212 near Selkirk shut down due to water on road

The rising Red River has forced some highways and pathways, such as a new gravel path built along Lyndale Drive in Winnipeg, in the province's flood zone to close. (Dana Hatherly/CBC)

Sections of two Manitoba highways north of Winnipeg were closed as of Saturday afternoon due to rising river levels.

The closures are due to flooding and water over the roads, according to an online report from Manitoba 511, which provides information about roads for travellers.

Highway 204 is now closed from the Red River Bridge in Selkirk to half a kilometre east of Highway 212.

Highway 212 is also closed for one kilometre north of Highway 204 in East Selkirk.

Massive ice jams caused the Red River to spill its banks in the Rural Municipality of St. Andrews on Wednesday.

The Manitoba government lifted the Red River flood gates Friday evening, as ice started moving near the floodway inlet.

Blocks of ice pile up on the Red River south of Selkirk on Wednesday evening. (John Einarson/CBC)