The snowstorm that went through Manitoba yesterday has raised concerns about a few critical matters. Officials say the date of river crests and the duration of the flood will be affected by the storm.
Western Manitoba was one of the hardest hit parts with accumulations of up to 50 cm.
Precipitation caused by the weather may also ensue in overland flooding in some areas across the province. It is being predicted that the storm might prolong and further complicate the flood in Manitoba.
Manitoba's Water Stewardship says rivers and lakes are expected to stay at high levels until June or even July. The Red and the Assiniboine Rivers, in particular, are likely to have high volume of water. The anticipated crest of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers was May 4, but this storm will likely change because of Saturday's snowstorm.
So far, up to 1,900 Manitobans have been forced out of their homes. And, 74 homes have been either flooded or affected by the storm in some form. A large number of evacuees belong to First Nations communities.
With files from Andrea Stockton, Winnipeg Free Press and Winnipeg Sun