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Highway reopens after flooding

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The province reopened Highway 513, which was closed Sunday after it flooded, despite a deep freeze that held Manitoba in an icy grip.

The province had issued a travel alert warning drivers that the highway from Lake St. Martin to Lake Winnipeg after flooding due to an ice jam.

In a statement today the province said the road is now clear for travel.

The statement also disputed local reports that the ice jam was related to frazil ice from a debris deposited at the mouth of the Dauphin River, the result of an emergency channel the province pushed through the Interlake region after the 2011 flood.

"The province is not aware of any debris at the mouth of the Dauphin River at Lake Winnipeg or any indication the mouth is silted up from the emergency channel," the statement said.

It attributed the ice jam to frazil ice on an upstream section of the river with turbulent rapids. The resulting mixture of slush and ice crystals are normal before freeze up and the phenomenon is common in many areas of the province, including Dauphin River at Lake Winnipeg, the statement said.

 

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