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Despite rain and snow, provincial flood outlook remains unchanged

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The flood outlook for Manitoba remains unchanged, provincial officials said today.

How much recent rain and snow will change that outlook is still being calculated, they added.

Flood Fight

Meanwhile, a flood warning has been issued along the Assiniboine River from Millwood to Virden as river levels are expected to exceed banks.

A flood watch has also been issued for the Assiniboine River from Virden to Brandon, and for the Whitemud River as river levels are approaching the bank and likely to overflow. Flooding in these areas is expected to primarily affect agricultural land.

The province also said a high water advisory has been issued for the Assiniboine River below the Portage Diversion between Portage la Prairie and Headingley due to the increased potential for ice jams.

High water advisories have also been issued for streams in the Parkland region from the Duck Mountains to Gladstone; the Pembina River, the Swan River and tributaries; and smaller tributaries and drains in southeast and south-central Manitoba.

South of the border, the Red River at Fargo, N.D., has crested. Flows at Grand Forks, N.D., this morning were at 43,800 cfs and flows appear to be near crest.

Levels at James Avenue in Winnipeg rose to 18.7 feet this morning. Levels and flows are expected to stabilize in Winnipeg during the next 24 hours as operation of the Red River Floodway and the Portage Diversion continues.

Inflows at the Portage reservoir are peaking at more than 16,000 cfs.

Flows through the Portage diversion Wednesday morning were approximately 8,800 cfs, with 8,100 cfs flows downstream on the Assiniboine River.

bruce.owen@freepress.mb.ca

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