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Manitoba government releases first flood forecast

01.03.2019 12:26
By: Frank McGwire

City of Brandon officials keeping an eye on the Westman area

Brandon, MB (CKLQ) - Anticipation for an active spring run-off continues to mount as City of Brandon personnel review the first official flood report from the Province.

According to Brian Kayes Director of Risk Emergency Management with the City of Brandon, at this point they're taking a wait and see approach.

"We're just kind of keeping an eye on everything without taking any measures right now," said Kayes.

While early predictions are calling for at least temporary flooding in some rural areas, the next official flood report issued by the provincial government later this month will really set the stage. 

"The province does all the flood forecasting, they have the professional people in place to do that and the equipment to measure snow depth and moisture content and all that sort of stuff," Kayes said.

According to a report in the Winnipeg Free Press, the Red River near the U.S. Manitoba border is currently at high flood risk caused by deeper than normal frost depths and heavy snowfall.

The province says at present time land along the red River south of Winnipeg is of most concern.

As for areas closer to the Wheat City, a March storm coupled with a quick melt could significantly change the outlook.

The Shellmouth dam (pictured above) has already increased water flows to alleviate rising river levels caused anticipated with spring run off.