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Honourable , MLA Thompson
April 29, 2013

Flood Update

I rise in the house today to provide an update on the rapidly evolving flood situation in the Province.

Warm temperatures over the weekend have created a situation where snow has melted quickly causing localized flash flooding throughout many areas of the province. Emergency Management personal worked day and night over the weekend to clear blocked drains and monitor road conditions.

Localized flooding resulted in a few individual homes needing to be sandbagged in the RM of Rhineland. The First Nation of Sioux Valley evacuated 40 people due to flooding caused by a blocked drain. They are expected to return home today. Numerous roads were overtopped due to the rapid melt. Those living in rural areas are advised to travel with caution as road conditions can change rapidly with such a rapid melt.

Water levels on the Red and the Assiniboine Rivers are rising quickly as a result of water flowing into the system from local tributaries.

The Red River Floodway will need to be operated today as water levels in the City of Winnipeg are reaching flood level. As of 11 am this morning senior officials have recommended that the Province begin immediate operation of the Portage Diversion in order to protect homes and communities on the lower Assiniboine River from ice jams.