Water levels of some Manitoba rivers recede, Assiniboine still on the rise

Amid the risk of flooding, the government is reminding residents that some insurers might cover for overland flood damage

Water levels of some Manitoba rivers recede, Assiniboine still on the rise

Catastrophe & Flood

By Lyle Adriano

The provincial government of Manitoba recently issued a flood bulletin informing residents that while floodwater in the southern parts of the region is receding, some bodies of water remain at high risk of overflowing.

In its latest bulletin, the government lifted its flood warning for several rivers, save for the Assiniboine River and its connecting tributaries due to ice buildup. These so-called “ice surges” can cause fluctuating water levels downstream – what was once a calm trickle could suddenly turn into a torrent once the ice melts down.

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Officials have also maintained a flood watch west of Winnipeg, between Portage la Prairie and Headingley, as water levels continue to rise into the weekend.

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The government has warned that a significant amount of water is coming in from Saskatchewan. The Red River in Winnipeg has crested, officials have also noted, and water is decreasing in some tributaries.

In light of the warnings, the government is urging homeowners affected by the flooding to review their home insurance, CTV reported. Officials noted that a number of insurers have introduced overland flood insurance in Manitoba last year.

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