It doesn’t look like there will be much of a flood fight in Manitoba this spring.
The province has released its first flood forecast of the year. It the risk of overland flooding is minor to moderate across the province.
That’s because most areas got less snow and moisture than usual this year. Ice depth is lower than normal too.
The official flooding risk along the Red River right now is listed as ‘minor’. That rises to ‘moderate’ along the Assiniboine but forecasters still expect dikes to hold.
The big lakes have lower levels than normal.
There are no areas listed as ‘high risk’ and right now there are no plans to use the Red River Floodway.
Forecasters say things could still change, depending on how much rain we get in the spring and how quickly snow melts. Sudden storms can throw predictions out the window quickly, like in 1997 or the summer of 2014 in Westman.
The next forecast comes out at the end of March.