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2011 flooding costs could have soared without protection: report

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The water in the Portage Diversion laps against the bridge over Provincial Road 227 in May, 2011.

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The water in the Portage Diversion laps against the bridge over Provincial Road 227 in May, 2011.

Without the Portage Diversion and other flood-control measures, communities such as Starbuck, Sanford and St. Eustache would have been underwater and flood damage on the lower Assiniboine River would have soared to $2.2 billion in 2011.

A new report was released this afternoon that compares what the effects of flooding would have been like along the Assiniboine River two years ago without the existing flood mitigation system.

It says there would still have been significant flooding along Lake Manitoba if there had been no Portage Diversion. The report also says that without the flooding infrastructure in place — including the Shellmouth Dam and control structures along the Souris River — Lake Manitoba would have begun the flood season at higher levels than it did before spring runoff in 2011.

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