Flooding is a certainty in Manitoba. Over the years it has cost the province dearly in lost human lives and billions in public expense. The "if" of its next occurrence is not up for debate. It is the "when" and "where" that are the open and critical questions.
Accurate and timely forecasting and targeted flood prevention are perhaps the most vital ongoing emergency services the Manitoba government can provide. As such, it is simply unconscionable that the provincial government would delay its search for the best candidate possible to replace the recently departed head flood forecaster (Province lacks flood defender, Dec. 18).
Rearranging the deck chairs at Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation will not discount the titanic need to refill the position. Before it's too late, Premier Greg Selinger must take his dilatory thumb out of the hiring dike and immediately reopen the search.