The flood outlook is looking more and more favourable in southern Manitoba.
Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Doyle Piwniuk says based on weather conditions and current flows, the threat has been downgraded since last week. Manitoba is now tracking towards levels seen in 2017. That spring, the Red River Floodway gate operations began on March 31st and ended on April 27th.
"Preparation activities are still underway should the province need it and our government is working to ensure Manitobans remain protected in the event of a flood," he says.
The Manitoba Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) is currently working with local authorities and all emergency management partners to provide guidance and support for preparatory activities to reduce potential impacts to communities should flooding occur.
While the updated report forecasts more positive outcomes, the province is still expecting to operate the Red River Floodway and the Portage Diversion with continuous efforts monitoring levels in the possibility of a spring weather event, notes the minister.
Meanwhile, south of the border, the Red River is expected to crest at Fargo on Tuesday at 26.5 feet, which is Moderate Flood Level. As of Friday morning, it is at 22.11 feet, or Minor Flood Level.
The Red River is expected to crest at Grand Forks on Monday at 37 feet, which is Minor Flood Level. As of Friday morning, it is at 31.18 feet, or Minor Flood Level.