Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION

Peguis to get $1.5M from province for flood measures

  • Print

The Manitoba government will pump $1.5 million into the flood fight at Peguis First Nation.

The money will be used by the community to obtain additional flood-fighting equipment, Emergency Measures Organization Minister Steve Ashton said.

Peguis, on the Fisher River, has been hardest hit this spring by high water. As of today, 543 of 647 people displaced by flooding this are from Peguis.

Premier Greg Selinger toured the community today.

Also on the flood front, officials said colder weather and snow this weekend will delay the spring melt, and they will re-evaluate early next week the impact of that extra precipitation on flood levels.

River levels remain high across western Manitoba and the Red and Assiniboine Rivers are expected to rise more in the next few days.

Meanwhile, flood-preparedness assessments continue in at St-Lazare as water rises on the the Qu'Appelle and Assiniboine rivers.

At Spruce Woods Provincial Park Thursday, the cage barrier dikes placed along PTH 5 were overtopped by a significant rise of water caused by an ice jam. Flood water hit a number of areas of the campground including washroom facilities.The park's main interpretive centre and some other buildings have not been affected and are intact.

A clay dike on the east side of Ashern is now being reinforced and 20 homes with limited access are being sandbagged and provided with pumps because of overland flooding.

One family has been removed from their residence in the RM of Ritchot south of Winnipeg after losing road access from their property due to overland flooding.

Nearby, Highway 75 at Morris remains open, monitored for possible closure on a day-by-day basis.

There are now 72 sections of road affected by flood waters, with 37 roads closed or limited to local traffic and 24 under caution or have one-lane of traffic.

For more information, click here to go to the government flood website (click here).

Up-to-date highway information is at www.gov.mb.ca/mit/roadinfo.  and on Twitter by following @MBGov.

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.