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Manitoba Flooding Update

By: plapman , 2:02 PM GMT on July 04, 2014

Written by Brendon Harris from Portageonline.com

It's crunch time in St. Francois Xavier, as the RM prepares for the coming water. The province is set to increase the outflow at the Portage Diversion this weekend from just just over 10,000 cubic feet per second, to 15,000. The RM's Chief Administrative Officer Robert Poirier says at this point, they're preparing for the worst.

"Because of the rains over the last few days, the province's massively increased the forecast of water coming down the Assiniboine River in our direction. They expect the worst case right now to be 47,000 cubic feet per second entering into the Portage reservoir. The worst case, proceeding east down the river, they're saying it's 15,000 but it could go higher than that. That's coming close to what came down in 2011."

He says RM staff are currently working to help prevent any major damage from the rising water levels.

"We're doing a number of things. We've warned the people we knew had difficulties in 2011. We did surveys with property owners along the dike to confirm where there's weak spots or points of increased seepage so we can pass that on to the Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation so they can get crews out to deal with that sort of thing. We're also making free, empty sandbags available to people if the need them."

While the RM is taking their proactive measures, they're also asking those in the area to do their part. Poirier says there are multiple steps residents can take to help prevent extreme flood damage to their homes.

"It's expected to last as much as three weeks, and that's without another major rain event. People, if they're low enough, should think about building dikes, either sandbag dikes or dirt dikes. If they're close to the river they should think about getting a second sump pump because there will be increased water infiltration through the weeping tile. If the infiltration is enough they may think about getting standby power, in case the hydro goes out."

He adds the RM is providing localized flood updates to its residents through it's website, in order to keep them informed.
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2. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
12:42 PM GMT on July 05, 2014
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1. Thoughtsteader
2:24 PM GMT on July 04, 2014
Oh, my goodness. No wonder you opened your blog back up. That really is concerning news. I remember your posts from the last significant flood(s). It does sound as though they've done all they can to prepare for it, and it seems from what you've posted here that they've done a pretty good job of communicating with people.

I think I remember that you're not in any direct danger, but my memory isn't what it used to be. Three weeks is a long time to cope with this -- I hope you don't have any problems.
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