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Flood forecast worsens in Saskatchewan and Manitoba


Flood risk continues to worsen
Flood risk continues to worsen

Staff writers

April 17, 2013 — Officials are urging residents to flood-proof their basements as the risk of spring flooding looms. Nearly a dozen First Nations in Saskatchewan declared a state of emergency Monday.

Heavy snow south of the border increases the risk for flooding
Heavy snow south of the border increases the risk for flooding

Another recent blast of winter resulted in heavy snow across parts of the Prairies over the weekend. 

Snow and strong winds caused poor driving conditions and closed several schools across parts of Manitoba on Monday. 

The onset of wintery weather has also worsened the flood outlook across the province. 

Experts say the additional snow won't help the already moderate to major risk of severe flooding along rivers in Manitoba, especially with heavy snow still falling south of the border.

In North Dakota, a record setting 30 cm of snow fell over the weekend raising concerns about flooding once the snow melts.

Along the Assiniboine River, a lot of agricultural land is expected to be flooded, and the communities of Melita and Souris may need extra protection if the weather turns bad. 

Flooding is also expected near Brandon. Officials say super-sandbags will be placed in the city.

Flood forecast
Flood forecast

In Saskatchewan, officials are preparing for a similar outlook. 

The Water Security Agency is forecasting above normal, or well above normal, run-off in the entire southern half of Saskatchewan.

Because of significant snowfall in March, there's an increased risk of a high flood peak if temperatures rise quickly and the snow melts too fast.

Nearly a dozen First Nations in Saskatchewan have already declared a state of emergency as the threat of spring flooding worsens. 

Leaders in the Qu'Appelle Valley made the declaration Monday.

With files from The Canadian Press

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