Money for flood disaster assistance coming for Manitoba communities

Manitobans hit by flooding this spring will hear about financial aid on Monday, as more rain pours down on the province.

Infrastructure Minister Doyle Piwniuk and Johanu Botha, head of Manitoba’s Emergency Management Organization, are set to announce 2022 spring flood disaster financial assistance at noon.

CBC Manitoba will live stream the news conference here and on CBC Gem.

Swamped by multiple snow and rain storms in April, Manitoba is now experiencing significant flooding through the Red River Valley and the Interlake region.

In total, 26 communities have declared local states of emergency.

Flooding on Peguis First Nation is believed to be the worst the Interlake community has ever seen, with the swollen Fisher River spilling its banks and forcing roughly 1,600 of the community’s 3,500 people to evacuate.

A house is surrounded by sandbags and a vehicle sits partially submerged in floodwater on Peguis First Nation. (Stephen Jaison Empson/CBC)

Well over 700 homes are affected by the floodwater, with more than 200 almost completely surrounded.

Further south, the crest of the Red River is now making its way north through Manitoba.

The U.S. National Weather Service says the peak is at Pembina, N.D., and Emerson, Man., reaching a level about three inches below the 2009 flood peak of 52.71 feet, which was the worst since the flood of the century in 1997.

Flood forecasters in Manitoba are now keeping a close eye on a series of precipitation systems that could bring 40 to 60 millimetres of rain to much of the province over the next five to seven days.

There’s also a high chance some areas will get more than 60 millimetres of rain, the province said in a flood bulletin on Saturday afternoon.

“Water level forecasts will be updated to determine impacts from this precipitation on areas that are already experiencing flooding,” the bulletin said.

Highway 75 — the main route from Winnipeg to the U.S. — remains closed both north and south of the town of Morris, with detours in place. Details about highway closures across Manitoba are available on the province’s website.

Several warnings and advisories are in effect:

  • A flood warning remains in effect for the Red River from Emerson to the Red River Floodway inlet and from the Red River Floodway channel outlet to Lake Winnipeg.
  • A flood warning remains in effect for La Salle near Sanford, Pembina, Boyne, Morris and Little Morris rivers and the Deadhorse, Shannon and Netley creeks. All other Red River tributaries remain under a flood watch.
  • A flood warning remains in effect for the Fisher and Icelandic rivers.
  • A flood warning remains in effect for the Assiniboine River from the Shellmouth Dam to Brandon.
  • A flood warning remains in effect for the Whiteshell lakes area.
  • A flood warning remains in effect for the Whitemouth and Birch rivers. A flood watch is issued for the Rat River and remains in place for the Roseau River.
  • A flood watch remains in effect for the Whitemud River.
  • A high water advisory is issued for streams in the Parkland region that drain out of the Duck and Riding mountains due to rapid increase in flow and water levels.