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Gerrard calls for independent flood review

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Manitoba Liberal Leader Jon Gerrard called on the province today to order an independent review on how the Selinger government handled the 2011 flood.

Gerrard also released a 28-page report he wrote on his findings from this year’s flooding along the Red River, the Assiniboine River and Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin.

His report also has 33 recommendations that he says will reduce the chances of another similar flood.

"By neglecting to conduct an independent review of the costliest flood in Manitoba’s history, the NDP government refuses to learn from their considerable mistakes," Gerrard said in a statement. "With estimates of flood expenditures by governments at $815 million and rising, this province cannot afford more of the same planning from the NDP."

Gerrard’s flood report says that severe flooding on Lake Manitoba was a result of the wet weather of 2010 and heavy snowfall in Western Manitoba in 2010-11, plus the drain-only policy of the last 40 years of Tory and NDP governments and the failure since the 1970s to build an permanent outlet from Lake Manitoba to Lake Winnipeg to drain Lake Manitoba faster in high water years.

Eleven Manitoba municipalities presently remain under a state of emergency due to this year’s flooding.

More than 2,500 Manitobans currently are evacuated from homes damaged, destroyed or threatened by flood waters in 57 communities, according to emergency measures officials.

Approximately 7,200 Manitobans were evacuated at some point this year as a result of a flood that affected cities, towns, cottages, rural municipalities and First Nations along the Assiniboine, Souris, Red, Fisher, Saskatchewan and Icelandic rivers, among others, as well as Lake Manitoba, Dauphin Lake and Lake St. Martin.

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Updated on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at 12:56 PM CST: adds link to report

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