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Risk of Red River flooding in city remains low

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The Assiniboine River rises above the riverwalk and stairs near the Manitoba Legislature Monday.

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The Assiniboine River rises above the riverwalk and stairs near the Manitoba Legislature Monday. Photo Store

Most southern Manitoba rivers are continuing to rise, but low temperatures are expected to slow the rate of the spring melt.

The Red River in Winnipeg rose seven feet over the weekend and now sits at 10.1 feet above normal winter levels at the James Avenue monitoring station. The Red is still expected to crest in Winnipeg between 11.9 and 15.4 feet, which is at the bottom end of what the city considers a flood - and does not require any sandbagging to protect low-lying properties.

The Red has already crested at Grand Forks, N.D. and is expected to crest at the Canada-U.S. border by Sunday, according to the U.S. National Weather Service. The Red remains within its banks between Emerson and Lake Winnipeg.

On the Assiniboine River, a high water advisory remains in place all the way from St-Lazare near the Saskatchewan border to Portage la Prairie, the province announced in its flood bulletin today.

An ice jam remains near Spruce Woods Provincial Park, but water has receded from Highway 5 at the river. The potential for more ice jams continues while temperatures remain well below seasonal normals, the province warned.

The Portage Diversion is sending approximately 2,500 cubic feet per second of Assiniboine River water to Lake Manitoba. This is only 10 per cent of the diversion’s normal capacity of 25,000 CFS.

A high water advisory has also been issued for the Whitemud River, a major tributary of Lake Manitoba, between Gladstone and the lake. The river is near its bank at Gladstone, the province said.

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