WINNIPEG – Despite a sharp rise anticipated for the Red River later this week, the City of Winnipeg doesn’t expect any properties will need sandbagging.
The province says the melt earlier in the month will cause the Red to go up by eight to ten feet but the city says it’s well within operational standards.
The first flood forecast released by the province on Monday shows that the Red River is at risk of major flooding this spring.
Several other waterways in southern Manitoba could also see moderate to major flooding.
With an average melt and normal weather conditions, the Red River Valley could see levels similar to 2010.
A worst case scenario would entail a rapid melt or heavy precipitation in March, which would result in a Red River flood similar to 2011 when Highway 75 was closed for almost a month.