Ice breaking up soon, but risk of major flooding in Manitoba remains low

Manitoba flood officials say the risk of widespread major flooding remains low in most of the province.

Moderate risk of some overland flooding in low-lying areas along Red and Assiniboine rivers, officials say

A large ice jam on the Qu'Appelle River is seen in this April 2017 photo. The Hydrologic Forecast Centre says there is a moderate risk this year of some overland flooding in low-lying areas along the Assiniboine and Red rivers, and low risk of flooding for the Souris, Qu'Appelle and Pembina rivers. (Riley Laychuk/CBC)

Manitoba flood officials say the risk of widespread major flooding remains low in most of the province.

The Hydrologic Forecast Centre says there is a moderate risk of some overland flooding in low-lying areas along the Red and Assiniboine rivers.

The centre says the Red River Floodway gates and the Portage Diversion along the lower Assiniboine River are likely to be operating by early next week.

Risk of major flooding remains low for the Souris, Qu'Appelle and Pembina rivers and their tributaries as water peaks are expected to remain within flood protection levels.

The risk is also low in the Interlake region and for most major lakes, including Lakes Winnipeg, Manitoba and Dauphin.

Major flooding is somewhat more likely in northern water basins, including the Churchill and Carrot rivers in The Pas region.

River ice is anticipated to start breaking up and moving this week, but ice-breaking has already been completed at all locations that have had a high risk of jamming in past years.

Related flooding is a possibility due to the thickness of frozen cover on some rivers and streams.

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