Levels along the Red River are expected to rise in the coming days.
Manitoba Transportation and Infrastructure's Hydrologic Forecast Centre announced Thursday afternoon that, due to significant precipitation south of the border, water levels along the Red River, north of Emerson, are expected to rise within the next few days.
Between Dec. 24 and 27, the Red River Basin received around 80 millimetres of rain and snow. The extra water is now flowing north towards Manitoba.
Water levels have increased by about five feet near Emerson and are peaking. Water levels continue to rise north of Emerson, bringing a three- to five-foot rise as the river approaches Winnipeg in the next three to five days.
This rise in water levels may lift the ice and create open water conditions near the river shorelines. People are advised to take precautions.
A spring flood outlook will be provided in the later weeks of February and March.