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River ice begins to break up on the Red River beneath a bridge in St. Adolphe just south of Winnipeg. The risk of ice jams exists in some areas of Manitoba, the province says.

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John Woods / The Canadian Press River ice begins to break up on the Red River beneath a bridge in St. Adolphe just south of Winnipeg. The risk of ice jams exists in some areas of Manitoba, the province says.

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

Provincial flood forecasters said Friday that they'll re-evaluate what's happening once snow and rain forecast for the Interlake and southwestern Manitoba have done their worst.

Friday's provincial flood bulletin reported the Red River at Emerson is expected to crest today or Sunday at a flow of approximately 35,000 cubic feet per second (cfs). The crest upstream at the floodway inlet is forecast to crest between Monday and Thursday 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 feet. With river ice in place and 16 to 16.75 with open-water conditions.

The Red River crest in Winnipeg is expected between Monday and Thursday.

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 high-water 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.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 19, 2014 0

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