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A look back at the flood of the century

Staff writers
April 9, 2012 — Here's a look back at the 1997 Red River flooding in Manitoba that was later dubbed "the flood of the century''.

Flooding in Manitoba's Red River Valley isn't unusual -- but the amount of water in the spring of 1997 was.

The ''flood of the century'' covered 2,500 square kilometres of land with water and prompted the evacuation of 28,000 people.

As dire as the situation seemed, it could have been much worse.

In Winnipeg, the Red River floodway did exactly what it was designed to do.

Some estimate the floodway spared the city as much as $6 billion dollars in damage.

This year the flood risk remains low, according to a report released by the province.

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