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Honourable , MLA Thompson
May 13, 2013

Flood Update

I rise in the house today to provide an update on the extraordinary event that took place in the community of Ochre River over the weekend.

Strong winds caused a massive ice shift early Friday evening on Dauphin Lake resulting in ice pushing up onto Ochre Beach along the south west shore of the lake in the Rural Municipality of Ochre River. A total of 27 properties were impacted by the ice rush.

The municipality needs to be commended for its role in managing the evacuation, securing the properties and preventing injuries. They continue to work today to clear ice away from structures.

As we saw over the weekend high winds can move broken or weakened ice around the lake. With much of the ice still in place on Manitoba’s large lakes there is the risk of ice pile-up on windward shores.

The current weather forecast calls for moderate south-easterly winds for this afternoon for much of southern Manitoba. This could result in a low risk of shoreline ice-pile up on the windward shores of major lakes including Lake Winnipeg, Lake St. Martin, Lake Manitoba, Dauphin Lake, and Lake Winnipegosis.

Tomorrow afternoon there is the probability that strong southwest winds could shift to the northwest creating a high risk of shoreline ice pile-up on the windward shore of Lake Manitoba.

There is moderate-to-high risk of shoreline ice pile-up on windward shores of Lake Winnipeg and Dauphin Lake. There is a moderate risk of shoreline ice-pile up on the windward shores of Lake St. Martin and Lake Winnipegosis.

Residents are reminded to remain alert to weather conditions and to monitor news media for warnings.