Monday, March 16, 2009
Flood risk increases over southern MB
The province of Manitoba released its updated flood outlook today, and it is indicating that this years spring flooding in the Red River valley will likely approach 1979 and 1950 levels, the worst floods on the Red apart from the record 1997 flood (and the historic 1826 flood before Winnipeg was a major settlement). Flood forecasters say even with favourable weather conditions in the next few weeks, major flooding is likely this spring. Another major snow or rain storm may push flood levels toward 1997 levels especially towards the US border. Long range weather models are hinting at the development of a significant storm system moving across the plains/Prairies early next week with the potential for significant amounts of rain and/or snow across the Red River valley. This situation will be monitored closely as it will have a serious impact on the flooding situation should heavy precipitation develop. Stay tuned.
Posted by rob at 5:53 PM