Major flooding possible in 2015: report
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MAJOR flooding could occur again next year, even with normal winter precipitation, if there’s a fast snow melt or heavy rainfall early in the spring, provincial forecasters say.
The province’s Hydrologic Forecast Centre, in its 2014 fall conditions report released Tuesday, noted flow rates and levels for most major rivers and lakes are well above normal for this time of year. The Assiniboine, Qu’Appelle and Souris rivers will be closely monitored, the report said.
“It’s too early to produce a detailed long-term flood forecast as conditions could change significantly during the coming months, but the Hydrologic Forecast Centre is gathering information now that will form the flood forecasts in the first few months of 2015,” said Infrastructure and Transportation Minister Steve Ashton.
“At this time, rivers and lakes are higher than average, so we want to ensure Manitobans and municipal officials are aware of what we are dealing with, even at this early stage with a full winter to come,” he said in a statement.