Manitoba Braces for Flooding
Manitoba, no stranger to frigid weather, is facing a severe flood risk this winter. The freeze-thaw cycle has resulted in massive ice jams in the Red River. Manitobans from all walks of life are doing what they can to prepare for flooding. While Fargo hopes that flooding is on the wane, the story in Manitoba is just beginning.
Temperatures below the freezing mark gave officials time to continue sandbagging efforts in communities north of Winnipeg. But the cool weather also did little to ease massive ice jams on the Red River near Lower Fort Garry, north of the Manitoba capital. Those jams are causing the river to back up and flood its banks.
It seems southern Manitobans will be playing a kind of cat-and-mouse game with floodwaters over the next several weeks.
The City of Winnipeg continues to prepare for a water level of 20.5 feet James. For that level, 33 flood pumping stations will be activated and about 220 flood control gates will be operational. There will be about 35 temporary pumps deployed. The City is also raising some low areas on the primary dike.
The term "James" refers to James Avenue Datum, which is a scale used to measure relative elevation s in Winnipeg: it's where the Red River meets James Avenue.
727.57 feet above sea level equals 0 feet James Avenue Datum (0 James)