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Water levels spike in Manitoba


In some areas, water levels have risen 160 per cent.
In some areas, water levels have risen 160 per cent.

Jill Colton, staff writer

December 11, 2010 — It's not even spring yet and the water levels in Manitoba are already high.

Flooding could be a major problem come spring.
Flooding could be a major problem come spring.

Manitoba's flood forecaster says the staggering amount of rain the province has seen this year is troubling for spring.

Philip Mutulu is worried about the impending effects of precipitation. He says in some parts of the province, the ground is saturated 160 per cent.

In November, water levels soared due to ice jams. Several families were forced to leave their homes.

Communities along the Red River are concerned.
Communities along the Red River are concerned.

Recently, flooding caused by ice jams in the Rural Municipality of Cornwallis, near Brandon, necessitated the community to announce a state of emergency.

In Winnipeg, The Forks is also plagued by the rising waters. The riverwalk is under water for the 11th time this year, says spokeswoman Clare Mackay.

The situation is getting dire. Some people along the Red River are meeting with local officials to devise a plan of action to protect properties from the spring thaw.

To stay up-to-date on the weather conditions in the affected area, be sure to check your local forecast. You can also tune in to The Weather Network on TV, where your National Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of every hour.

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