Flooding in the First Official Forecast for the Prairie

By: plapman , 2:10 PM GMT on January 25, 2011

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Today will start cloudy then clearing this afternoon. The wWind becoming north at 30 km/h (19 mph) this afternoon. A high of -4C(24F) is expected.
Tonight will remain clear with a north wind at 30 km/h (19 mph) becoming light this evening. The overnight low will be -20C(-4F).
The Queen's snowman showed up near noon and cleared our driveway. He had to use the snowblower this time but he sure does a good job. He's certainly earning his money this year.
The first official flood report was issued yesterday. It doesnt sound good. If we get a quick melt it could equal 1997 which was termed the flood of the cebtury. A normal melt will still bring flooding conditions.
In the last couple of years they have made the Winnipeg floodway larger to handle 1997 flows so Winnipeg should be safe from the Red River.
The Portage Diversion which diverts water to Lake manitoba will be running at full capacity but the dykes between Portage and Winnipeg may give them problems. I worked on the Asiniboine dyke during a flood in 1976 and they were impassable by vehicle. We had to use bombadiers to patrol them. That may happen again.


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4. Alleyoops
7:03 PM GMT on January 25, 2011
Hi Tony. Fortunately in this area, we never got that much snow that flooding will be a big thing. Sure some real low lying areas by the river will probably flood but they would have anyway. We just have not gotten that much snow so far this year. We still have Feb though..LOL

Pretty quiet around here today. Made a big pot of potato leek soup. Should do me a couple of days.

Hope you have a great afternoon. I am going to go and have a nap now....zzzzzz's
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3:56 PM GMT on January 25, 2011
Morning Tony, remember '76 well, flying in from Berens River at the height of the flood, lake appeared to go all the way to the NOrth Dakota Border.
Getting warnings out this early hopefully will give folks along the Red River to get prepared as best they can.
Praire cold like here again today, howver has improved no wind and temps slowly heading up along with the sun being ut makes for a good day.
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2. OGal
2:14 PM GMT on January 25, 2011
Floods, snow, ice, tornadoes, anything left? Hope your melt is slow. I think this will be a major problem for the US too. We are just watching for severe storms and tornadoes here. Happy Tuesday Tony.
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1. unclemush
2:14 PM GMT on January 25, 2011
Hi Tony.This balmy weather we are having can cause problems! It's like the tropics here.+18f.:)
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