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Ice Jams Blocking Manitoba's Red River

March 27, 2010 — Manitoba officials are working to crunch up an ice jam that has started forming along the Red River.

The ice chunks have caused the water in the area to rise by over a metre. A machine that resembles a floating backhoe was put to work earlier Saturday to break up the large pieces of ice. This action is helping the water to flow more freely.

Steve Topping, a spokesman with Manitoba Water Stewardship, says, 'once the ice moves out of the area, officials could decide to put the huge floodway around Winnipeg as early as Sunday.

There's a chance that some of the main routes that run to the American border could also be closed.

Officials are very wary of flooding. Last year, it was so intense that a community as far as 50 kilometers south of Winnipeg was knee-deep in water. The environmental disaster caused nearly $40 million dollars in damages across the province.

And it's not over yet. The Red River is expected to crest during the first week of April. Which is why officials are staying on-top of the situation, they're doing their best to avoid last year's situation.

To find out more about the potential flooding situation in Manitoba, tune in to The Weather Network on TV for updates. Your National Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of each hour.

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