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Storm raises flood concerns

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High water on the Assiniboine River already has the riverwalk closed.

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Crest levels for the Red River remain relatively unchanged, but a storm system developing over southern Alberta — which is expected to reach southwest Manitoba Friday — has flood forecasters on alert.

According to Friday’s provincial flood bulletin, the Red River at Emerson is expected to crest Saturday or Sunday at a flow of approximately 35,000 cubic feet per second (cfs). The crest downstream at the floodway inlet is forecast to crest between April 21 and 24 at a flow of 36,000 to 41,600 cfs.

The level at James Avenue in Winnipeg on Friday morning was 14.3 feet, an increase of 0.9 feet in the last 24 hours. The flow at James Avenue is 33,590 cfs. The forecast levels for James Avenue are 18 to 18.75 ft. With river ice in place and 16 to 16.75 with open water conditions.

The Red River crest in Winnipeg is expected between April 21 and 24.

Meanwhile, Environment Canada has issued snow and rain warnings for southwest Manitoba north of the Trans-Canada Highway and the Interlake.

The flood forecast will be updated once the extent of the storm has been assessed, the bulletin said.

Preparations by the province and city continued on Friday.

Flows at the Portage Diversion and Portage Reservoir are being monitored to inform operating decisions.

A highwater advisory continues for the Assiniboine River from Griswold to Portage la Prairie due to the potential for ice jams and associated flooding. A similar advisory continues for the Whitemud River from Steel Bridge to Lake Manitoba.

Up-to-date flood information can be found at www.twitter.com/MBGov.

Up-to-date road information is available at www.twitter.com/MBGovRoads or by calling 511.

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Updated on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 1:26 PM CDT: corrects upstream to downstream

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