Manitoba Infrastructure’s Hydrologic Forecast Centre indicates that levels on rivers, creeks and lakes in southern Manitoba and in the Whiteshell lakes area continue to increase due to precipitation over the past few weeks. The high water advisory continues for all areas along the Whiteshell lakes, and the south and southeastern portion of the province.
The centre also indicates all outlet control structures within the Whiteshell lakes are being operated to assist the upstream and downstream stakeholders. Maximum effort is being done to limit the high water level conditions on these lakes. However, levels may continue to be above normal level for a few more weeks due to the unusually wet fall.
Levels on the Red River and Roseau River will continue to rise. Pending any future rain, levels are forecast to remain within the banks at all locations along these rivers, which are forecast to peak between Oct. 10 and 12. The Red River at James Avenue in the city of Winnipeg is forecast to reach between 13.89 and 14.59 feet, with the peak level expected to arrive between Oct. 11 and 13.
Environment and Climate Change Canada is forecasting a precipitation system that may bring more rain or snow to southern and southeastern Manitoba including the United States portion of the Red River basin. The Hydrologic Forecast Centre will continue to monitor the precipitation system and levels along Manitoba creeks and lakes and will issue updated forecasts as needed.
Manitoba Infrastructure's Hydrologic Forecast Centre reports the Red River Floodway will be activated at approximately 7 p.m. on On Wednesday October 09, 2019.