River levels have already crested in most of southern Manitoba, but an ice jam near Selkirk is still causing some problems.
Some roadways have been flooded, including the highway leading to the Selkirk bridge.
The province is monitoring the situation on a narrow part of the Red River roughly five kilometres north of Selirk, and could bring in the Amphibex ice breakers.
While the ice jam still needs to be solved, according to Selkirk chief administrative officer Duane Nicol, conditions right now are nothing out of the ordinary.
“We have taken a few mitigation steps as part of our flood preparedness plan,” Nicol explains. “But they’re all well within our normal parameters for this time of year. There’s no homes, no property at this point that is in danger.”
The province says the Red River crested in Winnipeg on Friday and has remained fairly stable since. Nicol says levels on the river in Selkirk are also improving.
“We’re seeing the water levels slowly decline. This is all part and parcel with a springtime melt. This is not unusual for this time of year.”
The Portage Diversion may still be operated to manage ice conditions on the lower Assiniboine River.