Months after a 1 in 300-year flood swamped areas around the Assiniboine river, Manitoba's flood forecasters says they are not anticipating a major problem this spring.
The province's official outlook says flood potential remains low for the Red and Souris rivers -- but officials are warning that a spring storm could produce enough precipitation to lead to minor localized flooding.
Along the Pembina River, the risk was originally classified as "moderate" -- but that threat has been downgraded due to an unusually low snow-cover, resulting in a below-average spring runoff.
Localized spring flooding still remains a risk in northern Manitoba - particularly The Pas region - where there has been significant snowfall and soil moisture.
The risk of floods depends on how much precipitation there is, the timing and the rate of the spring thaw. Ice jams could also lead to some minor flooding, along with snow blocking drains. Last year's flood season was one of the worst on record, rivaling the 1997 "flood of the century."