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Brainstorming session to be held on flooding

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It’s a flooding brainstorming session.

 The University of Manitoba’s Disaster Research Institute is hosting a workshop Wednesday for scientists, policy-makers and community leaders to share ideas on flood management risk by reflecting on the 1997 and 2009 Red River Floods.

 Christine Melnick, Minister of Water Stewardship, and Coun. Thomas Steen (Elmwood) are slated to attend the inaugural session.

 "Coping with floods demands mobilization of communities, emergency management personnel and other practitioners, scientists, and policy and decision makers. The goal of this workshop is to better understand the threat and to bring these stakeholders together to find ways to deal with future floods," says Prof. Emdad Haque, director of the Natural Resources Institute at the U of M, and co-director of the Disaster Research Institute.

 "Flooding represents one of Manitoba's greatest threats and this workshop presents an excellent opportunity to discuss this multi-faceted issue in order to minimize its impacts," said Prof. Ronald Stewart, head of Environment and Geography at the U of M, and co-director of the Disaster Research Institute.

 Floods present challenges on numerous fronts including hydro-meteorological monitoring, engineering tools and techniques, effective communication with the public, and effective emergency policies and priorities.

 The event will be held at the Inn at the Forks from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

 

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