May 22, 2015

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Wind warning remains for Lake Winnipeg's north basin

Some good news from Manitoba flood forecasters: A wind warning for Lake Manitoba is over and the Saskatchewan River in The Pas won’t be as high as predicted.

New data suggests water levels on the river are expected to reach 855.5 to 857 feet, depending on the weather. Dikes must still be raised on Ralls Island, but not as high as the four additional feet anticipated Friday. Preparations to reinforce existing dikes and build permanent dikes are underway, says the province.

Meanwhile, a wind warning for the Lake Manitoba area has been lifted, allowing cottagers already struggling to cope with damage from last week’s storm a bit of breathing room.

A strong wind warning is in effect for Lake Winnipeg's north basin, however.

The Souris River through Melita and Souris has risen slightly thanks to recent rain in North Dakota. It could crest above the April peak if bad weather hit again.

Residents along the Souris River are advised to keep flood-protection systems in place.

In the Ochre River/Crescent Beach area on Dauphin Lake, mandatory evacuation notices were issued to approximately 45 residences, eight of which are permanent homes. Sandbagging has already been underway there and some residents have already been ordered out.

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